10 April, New Delhi
India has markedly improved its image as a tourist destination jumping 25 places in the tourism and travel index of the World Economic Forum report, Minister for Culture Dr Mahesh Sharma said here today.
Replying to supplementaries in the Lok Sabha during the Question Hour, Dr Sharma also said that the country improved its performance in the safety and security of tourists by going up 15 places, and for this ”I congratulate the Home Minister.”
He said as against the 12 points gained by India on the inflow of tourists, the score of japan was 5, of China 2, of US minus 2 and of Switzerland minus four.Mr Jitendra Choudhary of the CPI-M, who had asked the supplementary, said that he wanted to know what steps the Government had taken with stakeholders to ensure the safety of tourists as in his reply to the question laid in the House he was talking of only model code for tourists not for other stakeholders.
Dr Sharma said the Government had concluded a number of MoUs with the State Governments and other stakeholders and they had launched various facilities like 13-language helpline for foreign tourists and taken other measures so that foreign tourists did not face any difficulty.
The Minister in his reply pointed out that as per the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), crime against foreign tourists showed a decrease of 29.4 per cent during 2015 over 2014.