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India eyes 10 mn tourists annually

Union Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahai said the government wished to achieve the target of increasing the number of foreign tourists visiting India annually to 10 million

Written by Chaitanya Gudipaty | Jaipur | Published: April 17, 2012 12:34:47 am

Union Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahai said the government wished to achieve the target of increasing the number of foreign tourists visiting India annually to 10 million.

Speaking at the fifth edition of the Great Indian Travel Bazaar (GITB) on Sunday,Sahai said: “Currently,we have about 5.7 million foreign tourists visiting every year,and we want to have another 5 million tourists. We want to double that number in the current Five Year Plan.”

Seeking help from the hospitality industry to cater to the increased number of foreign tourists,the minister said: “We need at least 20 million hotel rooms to accommodate the tourists.”

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