Friday, June 15, 2012

ITDC to Set Up Hotels in North East India

Indian government is finally waking up from its slumber and has started to recognise the incredible tourism potential of north east states of the country. Government-owned Indian Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) has announced that it will establish smaller hotels in the country’s north-eastern region. This will be done in partnership with state governments of the region.

The relatively less explored region of India, North East is slowly turning on its charm and is emerging as a preferred travel destination among a sizable chunk of holiday makers who book flights to India deals.

ITDC’s newly-appointed Chairman Shankersinh Vaghela said that consultation is on with the state governments of the region to acquire properties for setting up the hotels. He made it clear that the plan is to open small hotels like three-star or four-star properties to target budget vacationers who book cheap flights to India and land up here for a tour. As of now, ITDC has two hotels in the North east region.

Overall, India is looking at about 30 percent rise in the arrival of foreign tourists into the country. In the last fiscal year, about 6.9 million tourists booked airline tickets for India and this year it is expected to go up to 8-9 million, said Mr Vaghela.

ITDC is also planning to promote its ‘Incredible India’ campaign and to attract more number of tourists from Europe and the Middle East. Furthermore, ITDC has proposed the Indian Government to expand the list of ‘Visa-on-Arrival’ countries from 11 at present to about 30.


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