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The Tourism and Hospitality industry is one of the largest service industries in India.

The tourism sector in India is an integral pillar of the Make in India programme. The tourism industry in India plays a role of significant economic multiplier and becomes critical since India has to grow at rapid rates and create jobs.

India offers geographical diversity, world heritage sites and niche tourism products like cruises, adventure, medical, eco-tourism, etc. Incredible India has spurred growth in Tourists Arrivals and Employment.

India aims to increase cruise passenger traffic from 0.4 mn at present to 4 mn. Economic potential of Cruise tourism is expected to go up from $110 mn to $5.5 bn in the years to come. 

Tourism tends to encourage the development of multiple-use infrastructure including hotels, resorts & restaurants, transport infrastructure (aviation, roads, shipping & railways) and healthcare facilities.

India is currently ranked 34th out of 140 countries in TTCI (2019).

By 2030, India is expected to be among the top five business travel market 

100% FDI in the tourism industry is allowed under automatic route

100% FDI allowed in tourism construction projects, including the development of hotels, resorts, and recreational facilities

For further details, please refer FDI Policy

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India ranks 7th in terms of travel & tourism’s total contribution to GDP in 2020

3rd largest foreign exchange earner for the country

Ninth largest in cultural resources and business travel in the world

Industry Scenario

$512 bn contributions to India's GDP by 2028 and 53 million jobs by 2029  

In 2020, the travel & tourism industry’s contribution to the GDP was US$ 121.9 billion; this is expected to reach US$ 512 billion by 2028. In India, the industry’s direct contribution to the GDP is expected to record an annual growth rate of 10.35% between 2019 and 2028.

By 2028, Indian tourism and hospitality is expected to earn US$ 50.9 billion as visitor exports compared with US$ 28.9 billion in 2018. International tourist arrivals are expected to reach 30.5 million by 2028.

The travel market in India is projected to reach US$ 125 billion by FY27 from an estimated US$ 75 billion in FY20.

In FY20, tourism sector in India accounted for 39 million jobs, which was 8.0% of the total employment in the country. By 2029, it is expected to account for about 53 million jobs.

The hotel & tourism sector received cumulative FDI inflow of US$ 15.89 billion between April 2000 and June 2021


  • Incredible India campaign

    Extending international tourism business in India

  • E-Tourist VISA facility

    E-visa facility extended to 171 Countries under 5 sub-categories i.e ‘e-Tourist visa’, ’eBusiness visa’, ‘e-medical visa’, ‘e-Medical Attendant Visa’ and ‘e-Conference Visa’.

  • Infrastructure development

    More than half of the Ministry of Tourism’s budget is channelised for funding the development of destinations, circuits, mega projects as well as rural tourism infrastructure projects.

  • Medical tourism

    Economical treatment, quality healthcare infra & highly skilled doctors

  • Coastal tourism

    Promote intra-regional trade among Indian Ocean Rim (IOR) countries


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What are the initiatives taken by the Indian government in the cruise tourism sector?

The following initiatives have been undertaken by GOI:
1. The government is in process to develop 5 ports as cruise tourism hubs. These are Mumbai, Goa, Mangalore, Chennai and Kochi. These terminals will have facilities such as hospitality, retail, shopping and restaurants.
2. 200 minor ports to be develop jetties for such cruise vessels.
3. The cruise tourism policy shall be introduced by government shortly.

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What are the initiatives taken by the Indian government in the medical tourism sector?

The following initiatives have been undertaken by GOI:
1. A new category of visa "Medical Visa" has been introduced by Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, which can be given for specific purpose to foreign tourists coming to India for medical treatment
2. The Ministry of Tourism has included the promotion of Medical Tourism as new initiatives. The Marketing Development Assistance Scheme (MDA), administered by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, provides financial support to approved tourism service providers.
3. To boost medical tourism, the government today announced setting up of the National Medical and Wellness Tourism Board to provide help to those visiting the country for health care need. The Board, besides Ministry officials, will include other stakeholders such as hospitals, hoteliers, medical experts and tour operators.

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What are the initiatives taken by the Union Government to develop rural tourism in India?

The tourism ministry has sanctioned INR 131 lakhs for the development of four rural tourism sites. The states in which these sites are Arunachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Tripura.

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What are the government's initiatives under Lighthouses Tourism in India?

The GOI has identified 78 lighthouses in the country as centres of tourism, which are in the first phase under Public Private Partnership (PPP). The identified lighthouses are in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Lakshadweep, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The GOI has kick started the ‘lighthouse tourism’ project by inviting initial qualification bids to develop eight lighthouses in the first phase, at a cost of INR 128 crore, under the public-private-partnership model for 7 lighthouses.

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What is the difference between Prasad Scheme and 'Spiritual Circuit' under Swadesh Darshan Scheme?

The ‘PRASAD’ scheme, focuses on development and beautification of the identified pilgrimage destinations. Whereas, in the ‘Spiritual Circuit’ identified under the Swadesh Darshan scheme, the thrust is on development of particular thematic circuit consisting of various religious/spiritual destination in a State and Union Territory.

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