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India plans to promote green tourism & open up 50 tourism destinations during G20 Presidency

India plans to promote green tourism, open up to 50 new tourism destinations, and launch a publicity campaign in overseas markets during its presidency of the G20 this year, officials said, reports Manoj Kumar for Reuters.

India will host more than 200 G20 meetings at over 50 locations during the year, including key tourist attractions in Rajasthan, Goa, and Jammu & Kashmir regions, as well as near the archaeological site of Dholavira in Gujarat and other historical monuments, officials said.

“G20 will be used to position India as a major tourism destination during its presidency of G20 for 2023,” a senior government official, who attended the first meeting of G20 Tourism Working Group in the state of Gujarat, told Reuters.

India took on the G20 presidency in December. The group is an intergovernmental forum of the world’s 20 major developed and developing economies.

India expects that a G20 tourism ministers’ conference, due later this year, would focus on sustainable tourism to support environment and create opportunities for local businesses.

The government is pushing green initiatives to promote responsible tourism in the country and authorities plan to ensure small businesses have the resources for green investments and to create local jobs.

Arvind Singh, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, said more than 100,000 foreign delegates from the G20 are expected to visit India this year and would be able to experience India’s diverse culture, including historic monuments and festivals. (Source: Reuters)


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