First Time after Independence, 2 Crore Tourists visit J&K up to November this year: Union Tourism Minister

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Tourism arrivals in India have reached their highest level since Article 370 was rolled back. GK Reddy, Union Minister for Tourism, said that 85.85 lakh foreign tourists have visited India so far this year. According to him the G-20 meetings have given a major boost to the tourism industry of the country. For the first time since Independence, J&K has registered two crore tourists, including foreigners, by November this year, and this figure is expected to increase further by December-end. The total tourist arrivals in India in 2023 have increased by 155 per cent compared to the same period last year. Prime Minister Narendar Modi has played an important role in promoting the tourism industry in India. Every foreign visit of Prime Minister (PM) Modi Ji has highlighted the huge tourism potential of India, which has attracted lakh’s of tourists.

G-20 has been instrumental in the promotion of India’s tourism. Almost 200 G-20 summits have been held across India, including one in the UT of J&K and the participants have returned to their respective states as ambassadors for tourism. The Tourism industry of India has been given a boost after the success of this year’s G-20. Tourism officials of J&K are of the opinion that the Tourism Working Group held in the UT in May of this year attracted a lot of foreign tourists. By the end of November this year, the number of foreign guests visiting J&K had increased to 50,000 and this number is expected to rise further in the near future.

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