Ministry of Tourism is the nodal agency for development of tourism in the country, so as to harness India’s tourism potential for economic development and job creation.
India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) is a public sector undertaking under the Ministry of Tourism. ITDC runs hotels under the brand Ashok Group of Hotels, publishes tourism publicity literature, and provides other related services to promote tourism in India.
National Tourism Policy 2002 – 30 pages pdf.
Schemes at a glance:
- Swadesh Darshan – Integrated development of Theme Based Tourist Circuits
- 15 thematic circuits – Buddhist Circuit, Ramayan, Krishna, Himalayan Circuit, Desert, Coastal, Tribal, Wildlife, etc
- Iconic Tourist Sites Project – for development of selected tourist sites.
- sites – Taj Mahal and Fatehpur Sikri (UP), Ajanta and Ellora (Maharashtra), Humayun Tomb, Qutub Minar and Red Fort (Delhi), Colva Beach (Goa), Amer Fort (Rajasthan), Somnath and Dholavira (Gujarat), Khajuraho (MP), Hampi (Karnataka), Mahabalipuram (TN), Kaziranga (Assam), Kumarakom (Kerala), Mahabodhi Temple (Bihar)
- PRASAD – Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual Augmentation Drive
- A scheme for Tourism Infrastructure Development along pilgrimage routes and destinations.
- PIDDC – Product /Infrastructure Development for Destinations and Circuits – gives central assistance upto 100% to organisations promoting tourism.
Mangaljodi Trust, a community owned venture in Odisha has won the prestigious UNWTO (World Tourism Organisation) Award for innovation in tourism enterprise. It turned poachers into conservationists by using tourism to provide them employment that necessitates conservation of biodiversity. Because of its efforts, Mangaljodi, situated on the banks of Chilika lake, is emerging as a eco-tourism centre.