Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism K J Alphons in a statement said his ministry was now focusing on promotional activities to bring the attention of the tourists to the unexplored areas of North Eastern states of India like the largest cave network of Asia in Meghalaya. Refuting the recent media reports on ‘Safety of women in India’, the minister said that India is safe for tourists and added that the ministry has taken various initiatives to ensure safety and security of tourists. In view of this, the minister said that guidelines on safety and security of tourists have been issued for states/UTs and 14 states already have Tourist Police in one form or other.
The Tourism Sector alone has created 14.62 million job opportunities in the country in the last four years, the minister said. The Tourism sector provides opportunities to skilled as well as unskilled job seekers thereby providing employment to all sections of the society.
The minister added that in order to promote the country abroad, the ministry has conducted several ‘Incredible India road shows’ in the US, Europe and few upcoming ones in China and Nordic countries. He further added that three theme based 60 seconds Incredible India videos has been released till date and it has received huge viewership in social media platforms.
The minister also added that more focus is given to the Cruise Tourism sector with the Tourism Ministry investing Rs. 100 crore and the Shipping Ministry contributing a corpus of Rs. 250 crore to the sector. The cruise ports are being developed at Mumbai where it is along with an entertainment complex, and also Cruise jetties in Goa, Cochin, Chennai and Visakhapatnam.