Uttar Pradesh to link key pilgrim centres with four-lane highways: CM Yogi Adityanath

In his maiden speech on the Independence Day, as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath outlined key initiatives, already undertaken and in the offing, ...

Posted in Tourism Currents | By TF Bureau

India must become a year-round destination to attract investment: Rashmi Verma

Perhaps in her first media address after joining the Ministry of Tourism as Secretary, Rashmi Verma laid out the vision of the ministry, outlining some of the challenges faced by stakeholders. She noted that to drive ...

Posted in Shashank Shekhar | By Destination India

Tamil Nadu received the highest footfall of foreign tourists in 2016, followed by Kerala, across all states in India, Parliament was informed on Wednesday. Tamil Nadu also ranked first in receiving total number of both domestic and foreign tourists in the country, Minister of State for Tourism Mahesh Sharma said in a written reply to Rajya Sabha member Ram Narain Dudi.

While Tamil Nadu received nearly 47.22 lakh foreign tourists, consuming 19.1 per cent share of the total number of foreign tourist visits to states across the country, Kerala received over 10.38 lakh tourists taking 4.2 per cent share. In terms of domestic tourist visits, other than Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh – both 9.5 per cent, Karnataka – 8 per cent, and Telangana – 5.9 per cent, were among the top 10 states. Kerala’s domestic tourist footfall was around 1.32 crore, whereas the Union Territory of Puducherry received 13.99 lakh domestic tourists and over 1.17 lakh foreign tourists.

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Fresh political alignment an opportunity to revisit the Buddha Circuit

Bihar has been the subject of media discourse and remained in the spotlight for political churnings and changing alignments. BJP is back in the saddle in the state. It was Uttar Pradesh and now Bihar, both, have BJP governments at the helm. One in total domination and another with an alliance partner – JD(U) – with Nitish Kumar’s homecoming to the NDA fold.
Uttar Pradesh and Bihar are two adjoining states; both are extremely richly endowed in tourism assets. Both have been languishing. ...

Posted in The First principle | By Navin Berry