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India has 21 central institutes of hotel management: Minister

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on December 31, 2018 Published on December 31, 2018

KJ Alphons

There are 21 Central Institutes of Hotel Management (CIHMs) in the country including a State Institute of Hotel Management (SIHM) at Balangir in Odisha.

The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Tourism, K J Alphons, in a written reply, gave the information in Lok Sabha on Monday.

Construction of hotels in the hospitality industry is primarily a private sector activity. However, the Ministry of Tourism classifies operational hotels according to its voluntary scheme of classification of hotels under various Star/Heritage categories.

There are also 13 centrally finance-assisted State Food Craft Institutes, which are functional at present.

Setting up of a new Food Craft Institute at Deoghar in Jharkhand was sanctioned by the Ministry of Tourism in 2017-18. However, so far, no proposal has been received from the State government to start the teaching sessions.

Meanwhile, around five lakh foreign tourists arrived in the country in 2017 for medical purposes. The estimated foreign tourist arrivals in the country for medical reasons during the years 2015, 2016 and 2017 are 2,33,918, 4,27,014 and 4,95,056, respectively.

Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Iraq, Maldives and Oman are the five major countries from where foreign tourists arrived for medical purposes.

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Published on December 31, 2018
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