India wants to double tourist numbers by 2016: Sahai

PTI Dubai | Updated on June 29, 2012

India, which sees an average of six million tourists visiting the country every year, wants to double the number by the year 2016, by promoting wellness and medical tourism, the Tourism Minister, Mr Subodh Kant Sahai, has said.

Outbound tourists from India are four times more than inbound tourists and the Government has decided to take steps to improve these numbers, he said while speaking to media on the sidelines of an ‘Incredible India’ road-show which was organised here on Thursday.

Senior officials and tourism authorities of Assam, Rajasthan, Delhi, Uttarakhand and Maharashtra were also present on the occasion. “We need 200,000 rooms in India. We need exhibition centres, convention centres, theme parks, etc.”

There is scope for promoting wellness and medical tourism by propagating ayurveda, yoga, etc. We have the Himalayas and 7,000 km of coastal areas, which are potential tourist attractions, the minister added.

Published on June 29, 2012

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