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08/03/2013 01:48am

Plan panel expert group for promotion of domestic tourism

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New Delhi, Mar 4 (KNN)A Planning Commissionworking group on tourism has set a target of 12 per cent increase in the number of domestic touristsand at least a one per cent improvement in international tourist arrivals annually during the 12th Plan (2012-2017). 
The Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India grew from 5.17 million in 2007–08 to 6.50 million in 2011–12 at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 5.88 per cent during the 11th Five Year Plan.
Although the Ministry of Tourism has said that it wants to focus on promoting tourism in tribal areas, it has earmarked only 2.5 per cent of its annual plan budget of 2012-13 for development and promotion of tourism in these areas.
Madhya Pradesh, which boasts of several attractive and historical tourist spots such as Khajuraho, has received Rs61.45 crore becoming the largest recipient of the Centre’s assistance in 2012-13. 
In the year 2012-13 the Ministry of Tourism sanctionedRs20.30 crore to Andhra Pradesh, Rs21.36 crore to Arunachal Pradesh, Rs12.63 crore to Himachal Pradesh, Rs38.12 crore to Jharkhand, Rs61.45 crore to Madhya Pradesh, 49 lakhs to Maharashtra, 67 lakhs to Meghalaya, 1.01 crore to Mizoram, 19.46 crore to Nagaland.  However, Odisha a big state received only 16 lakhs.  KNN


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