Govt launches unique tour plan to promote Buddhist heritage

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New Delhi (NVI): In an effort to showcase and project the Buddhist Heritage in India and boost tourism to the Buddhist destinations in the country, Ministry of Tourism (MoT) is organising the International Buddhist Conclave biennially with participation of national and global stakeholders.

MoT has sanctioned five projects for Rs. 355.26 Crore under the Buddhist Circuit theme covering the States of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh and work on all the projects is under implementation, Minister of State for Culture and Tourism, Prahlad Singh Patel informed Rajya Sabha in a written reply on Tuesday.

Ministry of Tourism has also produced two films ‘India – The Land of Buddha’ and ‘Following the path of the Buddha’ which have been promoted on electronic and digital media, and at Road Shows and Know India Seminars etc. organised by the India Tourism Offices overseas.

MoT also has a dedicated section for the promotion of Buddhist heritage and destinations on its promotional website.

MoT has identified the Buddhist Circuit as one of the fifteen thematic circuits for development under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme.

Financial support is also extended under the Marketing Development Assistance Scheme to approved service providers and State Governments/Union Territory Administrations for promotional activities undertaken by them in the overseas markets such as Sales Tours, Participation in Travel Fairs/ Exhibitions and Road Shows.

Ministry of Tourism (MoT) promotes India as a holistic destination in the tourism generating markets to promote various Indian tourism products and tourism destinations of the country including the Buddhist Circuit to increase India’s share of the global tourism market.

The above objectives are met through an integrated marketing and promotional strategy, and a synergized campaign in association with the Travel Trade, State Governments, Union Territory Administrations and Indian Missions.

The specific elements of promotional efforts undertaken overseas include advertising in Print, Electronic, Online, Outdoor and Social Media, participation in international Fairs & Exhibitions, organising Know India  Seminars, Workshops, Road Shows and India Evenings, Brochure Support, Joint Advertising with Travel Agents and Tour  Operators, organising and supporting Indian Food and  cultural festivals, publication of brochures and inviting tour operators, media personalities, opinion makers etc. to visit the country under the Hospitality Programme of the  Ministry.