About Tourism (Leisure / Adventure / Heritage Tourism)
During 2019, foreign tourist arrivals (FTAs) in India stood at 10.89 million, achieving a growth rate of 3.2 per cent year-on-year. During January-February 2020, Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) were 21,33,782. In 2019, a total of 29,28,303 tourist arrived on e-Tourist Visa registering a growth of 23.6 per cent. India is also the third largest globally in terms of investment in travel & tourism with an investment of US$ 45.7 billion in 2018, accounting for 5.9 per cent of national investment. For the development of sector, National Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY), a Central Sector Scheme, with a total outlay of Rs. 500 Cr. was launched in 2015 by Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs. HRIDAY scheme aims at preserving and revitalizing the soul and the unique character of the heritage cities in India. In 2018, 20 projects amounting to Rs. 140.14 Crores have been completed in the cities of Ajmer, Amaravati, Amritsar, Badami, Dwaraka, Puri and Varanasi.