Tourism is the set of activities of traveling from the usual place to another place for at least 24 hours. It plays a vital role in the economic growth of the country. Tourism contributes 6.8% to the GDP of India. India has 30 world heritage sites as a tourist hub. As per the report of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), the GDP contribution increases from 9.5% to 10.3% (from 2013 to 2024).
The Government of India launched Swadesh Darshan Scheme to develop the theme-based tourist, this scheme was introduced to develop world-class infrastructure to promote the cultural and heritage value of the country and enhance the attractiveness of tourists.
Taken Steps To Make India A Tourist Hub
Ministry of Tourism launched the Webinar series Dekho Apna Desh which offers tourism virtually. It gives information about the destinations in-country and about the heritage of the country to make a tourist hub.
The Government of India launched the Audio guide facility App “Audio Odigos”
Which provides the audio guide facility for the 12 sites in India.
Apni Dharohar Apni Pehchan:-
It was introduced by the government to provide an enhanced experience in tourism to all travelers.
The government introduced an export promotion capital goods scheme through which a service exporter can get the License to import capital goods at zero customs duty with the condition of fulfillment of the export obligation. Export obligation needs to be fulfilled by doing export six times of the duty saved amount in the six years from the issuance date of the license for the making of India the best tourist hub.
Government Schemes for the tourism sector:-
The government introduced the SEIS Scheme (Service exports from India scheme) to facilitate the service exporters’ incentive on the net foreign exchange earned after exporting the services. Foreign visitors give the foreign currency to stay and travel in India, based on foreign currency earned government provides the 5% – 7% on the net foreign exchange earned. SEIS Scrip obtained under SEIS Scheme can be used in waiver of customs duty. This is beneficial to make India a tourist hub.
The Applicant needs to file an application on the DGFT website with the help of DGFT digital signature certificate, SEPC RCMC, DGFT DSC,
The application needs to attach the scanned copy of necessary documents which may include CA Certified bank statement, Invoice copy, FIRCs, etc.
SEIS Scheme introduced for the exporters, Government also launched Advance License Scheme to import raw materials without paying the customs duty to manufacture the export goods. There are four methods to obtain the license under Advance Authorisation Scheme.
These are some steps that the government takes to make India a tourist hub.