Here are some other highlights for the tourism industry:
- The outlay for tourism and culture ministries saw marginal increase of 1.82 per cent and 7 per cent respectively
- Rs 1,378.53 crore has been allocated for building tourism infrastructure, while Rs 575.50 crore has been allocated for promotion and publicity
- For the culture ministry, an allocation of Rs 875.33 crore has been made for central schemes and projects
- With a focus on developing infrastructure, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said 17 “iconic sites” will be transformed into world-class destinations to give a boost to the tourism sector
“The government is developing 17 iconic Tourism Sites into world-class tourist destinations and to serve as a model for other tourism sites. The Iconic Tourism Sites would enhance visitor experience which would lead to increased visits of both domestic and international tourists at these destinations,” Nirmala Sitharaman said in her maiden Budget speech.