Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 29th September 2019 said that with the support of countrymen India can become one of the major tourist hubs by 2022.
During his third Mann Ki Baat episode of the second edition, the PM said that the rank of India on the Travel and Tourism Competitive Index has jumped to 34 from 65.
PM Modi said, “September 27 was celebrated as World Tourism Day and you will be happy to know that certain reputed tourism agencies of the world, which rank standards of travel and tourism have shown that India has displayed a lot of improvement in the Travel and Tourism Competitive Index”.
He further added “Our rank is 34 on this index, whereas, five years ago we were ranked 65th, which in a way is a big jump. If we tried all that harder, then by the 75th year of our independence (2022), we would have carved a place for ourselves amidst the major tourist destinations of the world”.
The Prime Minister appealed to the people to travel to at least 15 destinations within the country by 2022. Modi had made this appeal from the ramparts of Red Fort on Independence Day in August 2019.
He said, “My dear countrymen, you will remember, that on August 15, I had in my address said from the ramparts of Red Fort that by 2022, you should visit 15 tourist destinations in India.”
The Prime Minister further added and said that this will help people in understanding and getting a grip on the diversity of India.
The PM said “At least 15 places and if possible, make a program to stay over there for an overnight, two-night stay. You should observe, understand and experience India. We have so much diversity,” he said.