On 73rd Independence Day, PM Narendra Modi hoisted the flag from Delhi’s Red Fort. He addressed the nation with many key issues of the nation and said the government is focusing on conquering those challenges. One such challenge was promoting tourism. In a speech, he has urged the citizens of India to visit 15 places within the country by 2022.
Visit 15 destinations by 2022
Tourism was one of his ideal challenges as he wanted the country’s tourism sector to get encouraged. So he urged all the people in the country to take up this call, he said, “By 2022, before India celebrates its 75th year of independence, I would like to ask that all of you should visit at least 15 local tourist stops.”
The PM said that there is a tremendous scope to promote the tourism sector and people should visit regional destinations even if there were no hotels or infrastructure there, as their trip would promote tourism in these regions and automatically head to better facilities. “I understand people travel overseas for vacations but can we think of touring at least 15 traveler destinations across India before 2022, when we mark 75 years of independence,” the PM said.
What if 1.25 billion take up this challenge?
Now it is interesting to see how 1.25 billion people will take up Modi’s challenge. A report suggests, there would be 18.75 billion trips per year if everyone accepts this challenge. However, an April report suggests that local trips by native travelers have grown at a combined annual growth rate of around 8% in the last four years.
Imtiaz Qureshi, Travel Agents Association of India has said, “The main problem is not that of infrastructure in the regions, though the Modi government has built up good transportation infrastructure across the country, reaching these destinations wouldn’t be a concern. The incremental costs of travel to remote areas can soon add up and make foreign travelers visit places much cheaper and easier.”
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