Rajasthan may see 7-8% rise in foreign tourists inflow in 2013

PTI Jaipur | Updated on April 15, 2013

The number of foreign tourists visiting Rajasthan is expected to grow by 7-8 per cent in 2013, despite the slowdown in the western countries. File Photo.

Desert musician plays with the region’s magnificent sand dunes in the backdrop. Photo: Chitra Narayanan

The number of foreign tourists visiting Rajasthan is expected to grow by 7-8 per cent in 2013, despite the slowdown in the western countries, a top official said today.

“We expect an increase of around seven-eight percent in foreign arrivals in the current calender year,” Rajasthan Principal Secretary (Tourism) Rakesh Srivastava told reporters on the sidelines of the Great Indian Travel Bazaar (GITB) being organised here.

GITB is an initiative of the Ministry of Tourism, Department of Tourism (Rajasthan) and industry chamber Ficci, which has been organising it in Jaipur since 2008. It is a pan-India international platform for inbound tourism.

According to Srivastava, the state attracted about three crore (30 million) tourists in 2012.

“The year-on-year growth of inbounds last year was eight per cent in Rajasthan. The domestic growth stood at 6.73 per cent,” Srivastava said.

To provide better safety measures, he said, the state has been working on many initiatives like formation of tourist assistance force of around 275 personnel deployed at various major destinations, who help foreign and domestic travellers.

“Keeping in mind facilitating tourism industry and the safety and security of the tourists as prime concerns, Government of Rajasthan introduced ‘Tourism Trade Regulation Act’ in 2010,” Srivastava said.

Rajasthan’s Tourism Minister, Bina Kak yesterday said that there has been no impact on the tourists arrival rate in the state due to global slowdown.

“We are seeing tourists coming in and their numbers have been growing. More-and-more projects are also coming up like hotels to accommodate rising number of tourists,” Kak said, while inaugurating the sixth edition of GITB here.

She said that tourism is a major economic growth driver and has a major share in the gross domestic product of the state’s economy.

The share of Rajasthan tourism to the state Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is 13.68 per cent.

Ficci Vice-President Jyotsna Suri said the potential of domestic tourism industry should also be looked at and growth strategies in this regard should be drawn up.

“The Indian domestic tourist industry has enormous potential. In the US the domestic tourist inflows drives many state economies. Similarly, we should look at ways to grow this segment in India,” Suri, who is also the Chairman and Managing Director of The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group said.

Published on April 15, 2013

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