Highlighting the efforts of the ministry on revamping the Incredible India website at 2014 calendar launch, Tourism Secretary Parvez Dewan announced that the website for ‘Incredible India’ campaign will soon provide tourist related information in 11 languages. This will include Russian, Chinese, Portuguese, Arabic, French and Spanish among others.
The ministry has decided to take this step in order to make it helpful for foreign tourists and to encourage growth in foreign and domestic tourists in the current year.
“We are expecting an increase of about 5 per cent in the foreign tourist arrivals this year while the number of domestic tourists is increasing by 18 to 19 per cent every year.” said Dewan, as reported.
Besides this, the Tourism Ministry website will also have new features like virtual tours and audio guides of prominent tourist places in the country.
Eight cities including Hyderabad, Delhi, Mumbai, Goa, Jaipur, Ahmedabad have already been covered for virtual tours. The ministry has further goals to cover atleast one place of every state in two years.
Devan also said that the print ready material will now be made available on the website which would facilitate tourists to bring out and access brochures and other publicity material easily. Moreover, information about 15 sound and light shows have been provided through YouTube in Dolby sound which is first of its kind in the entire world.
According to a recent data released by United Nation World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) International tourist arrival in India grew by 13 per cent during the first nine months of 2013, with the country witnessing a steady growth in its international tourism. India is among the top 25 largest international tourism earners around the globe with its top 10 source markets residing in Europe, Asia and the Pacific.
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