Gujarat has allocated Rs 400 crore for tourism promotion in the state during the current fiscal. The amount includes Rs 120 crore as grant which has been approved by the Planning Commission for 2012-13.
The Commission has approved Rs 1,200 crore for promoting coastal tourism in Gujarat in the current Five Year Plan period (2012-17).
The state has drawn up major plans to promote tourism in the state and expects the grant will help in a lot in achieving the goals.
With Amitabh Bachchan acting as brand ambassador for the state’s tourism sector, he said, the number of tourists had increased by 54 lakh in the last two years. The state is expecting a total inflow of 2.5 crore tourists this fiscal.
According to Mr Sanjay Kaul, Commissioner and Managing Director, Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Ltd, the funds would be utilised to develop and improve infrastructure in several key tourist locations.
“The Planning Commission has approved Rs 1,200 crore for Gujarat tourism to promote coastal tourism in the current Plan period till 2017. We have drawn up major plans to promote tourism in the state and the grant will help us achieve our goals,” he told newspersons at a roadshow organised to promote tourism in the state.