National Tourism Day

It is commemorated on January 25th to emphasise the importance of tourism to the country’s economy. India is a diverse country with a wide range of tourism options, including cultural, natural, heritage, academic, sports, rural, and eco-tourism. India’s diversity makes it a popular tourism destination. The Union Ministry of Tourism is the nodal agency for the promotion and development of tourism in the country, as well as the design of national policies and programmes and the coordination of operations of various Central Govt Agencies, State Governments/UTs, as well as the Private Sector. A Union Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge) is in charge of this ministry.

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National Tourism Day 2022

‘Rural and Community Centric Tourism’ is the theme for National Tourism Day 2022.

India’s Visa Policy for Tourists

Before visiting India, anyone with a valid passport could apply for a tourist visa at their nearest Indian embassy or consulate. Travellers can also apply themselves, either by mail or in person, or via a local travel agency. India recently launched an online application process for nationals of 40 nations to apply for an e-Tourist Visa. Tourists and business visitors will be able to receive a “visa on arrival” at sixteen international airports by obtaining an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) online prior to arrival, eliminating the need to go to an Indian consulate or a visa centre.

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History of National Tourism Day

The importance of tourism to India was recognised by the union government in 1958, and a separate tourism department was established. The department was established with the goal of preserving our national history and caring for tourism places in order to preserve their beauty while making them more tourist friendly.

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Significance

India is among the world’s oldest civilizations, rich in multiculturalism and diversity. The country is a renowned tourist destination because of its rich heritage and interesting sites to explore. The day is observed around the country to raise awareness about the tourist industry’s growth possibilities and how they affect India’s economic development.

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