Indian Government to close its overseas tourism offices by March 31 next year

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Indian Government to close its overseas tourism offices

The Union Ministry of Tourism has decided to shut down its seven overseas offices tasked with tourism promotional activities by 31st March 2023.

At present, the ministry runs tourism offices in London, Tokyo, Beijing, Dubai, Singapore, New York and Frankfurt.

According to the report, "The government feels that the expenses incurred on the functioning of these offices are not worth the promotions that the Indian tourism sector gets abroad.” The government feels that digital medium and existing embassies can be good alternatives.

They say that the first tourism office was opened in 1952 in New York with a purpose to promote Indian culture, heritage and monuments and in the later years, 25 such centers were opened in different countries.

According to the Union Tourism Ministry, the number of Foreign Tourists visiting India during 2021 was 1.52 million. India received maximum foreign tourists from the United States of America followed by Bangladesh, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Nepal.

Union Minister for Tourism: G Kishan Reddy 

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