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Ministry of Tourism (India)

The Ministry of Tourism, a branch of the Government of India, is the apex body for formulation and administration of the rules, regulations and laws relating to the development and promotion of tourism in India. The head of the ministry is Minister of Tourism, a Minister of State (Independent Charge), held by Shri. Alphons Kannanthanam Since September 2017.[2] To promote the GDP of the country indirectly and to have friendly relations with them, The Government of India announced officially a Visa on Arrival status/facility for International Visitors to enter/visit India from 43 countries including United States, Australia, Vietnam, Thailand, Vanuatu, Singapore, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Russian Federation, Brazil, Finland, Germany, Japan, Myanmar on 27 November 2014 and some more countries to follow soon.

Ministry of Tourism
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Agency overview
Jurisdiction IndiaRepublic of India
Headquarters Ministry of Tourism
Transport Bhawan
Sansad Marg
New Delhi,110011
New Delhi
Annual budget 1,840.77 crore (US$290 million) (2017-18 est.)[1]
Minister responsible

India stole the limelight at the World Tourism Mart 2011 in London by winning two global awards - World's Leading Destination and World's Leading Tourist Board, Incredible India.[3]


List of Tourism ministersEdit

No Name Portrait Term of Office Political party


Prime Minister
1 Uma Bharati
1999 2000 Bharatiya Janata Party

(National Democratic Alliance)

Atal Bihari Vajpayee
2 Subodh Kant Sahay 2011 28 October 2012 Indian National Congress

(United Progressive Alliance)

Manmohan Singh
3 Chiranjeevi
28 October 2012 15 May 2014
4 Shripad Yasso Naik 26 May 2014 12 November 2014 Bharatiya Janata Party

(National Democratic Alliance)

Narendra Modi
5 Mahesh Sharma
12 November 2015 3 September 2017
6 Alphons Kannanthanam
3 September 2017 Incumbent


Incredible IndiaEdit

The Ministry of Tourism's joint secretary Amitabh Kant collaborated with Ogilvy & Mather to create the Incredible India marketing initiative, aiming to promote India's image as a high-end tourist destination.[4]

Incredible India 2.0 was launched on September 27, 2017 by President Ram Nath Kovind, on the occasion of World Tourism Day.[5]

Cleanliness IndexEdit

Union Tourism Ministry is planning to introduce "Cleanliness Index" for all cities in India. This index will declare the best performers which will motivate other cities to work on this aspect of their appeal. The methodology has been already formulated and will be implemented in 6 cities on a pilot basis.[6]


A number of educational institutions related to hospitality are governed by Ministry of Tourism. This include the Institutes of Hotel Management, Catering Technology and Applied Nutrition (IHMCTAN). In 2016, a few of the IHMCTANs (Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Jaipur) driven by inputs from Ministry of Tourism, started giving a hotel management student the option to choose only vegetarian cooking. Earlier, it was compulsory for all IHMCTAN students to learn non-vegetarian cooking. This decision to offer a vegetarian option by IHMCTANs could possibly be the first amongst any of the hospitality training institutes of the world.[7][8]

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