Jagdeep Dhankhar Presents National Tourism Awards on World Tourism Day

81 awards given this year highlighting the achievements of the industry in 2018-19

Explore domestic tourist destinations first before looking at international travel: Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar

India’s Tourism sector is moving towards creative, responsible, and inclusive growth: Shri G. Kishan Reddy

Vice President of India, Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar presented the National Tourism Awards to awardees today at the program organized by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, to mark World Tourism Day, 2022.

Union Minister of Tourism Shri G. Kishan Reddy and MoS Tourism Shri Ajay Bhatt also graced the ceremony. Secretary Tourism Shri Arvind Singh and other senior officers of the Ministry were also present on this occasion. A total of 81 awards were given away this year highlighting the achievements of the industry in 2018-19. Vice President also released India Tourism Statistics 2022, New Incredible India Global Promotional Films, and “GoBeyond:75 Experiences of North India” e-book on this occasion.

During his keynote address, Vice President Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar described India as “heaven for tourism” and asked the Indians to explore domestic tourist destinations first before looking at international travel. Referring to Bharat’s long civilizational history and rich cultural heritage, he underlined that most of the tourist places in the country have a deep connection with our history, folk arts, and ancient texts.

Vice President termed tourism a key driver of economic growth and employment generation in the country. Referring to multiple dimensions of tourism, the Vice President stressed the need for fully leveraging India’s immense potential in the field of medical tourism as well as the growing global interest in our ancient practices of healing such as Ayurveda and Yoga.

Appreciating the Government’s efforts for the development of the tourism sector in the country, Shri Dhankhar said that the development of tourism infrastructure has been accompanied by innovative initiatives such as Dekho Apna Desh and Utsav Portal.

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