Ministry of Tourism

Ministry of Tourism

The Ministry of Tourism is the major agency for the formulation of national policies and programs and for the coordination of activities of different Central Government Agencies, State Governments/UTs, and the Private Sector for the development and promotion of tourism in the country. This Ministry is led by the Union Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge).

The administrative head of the Ministry is the Secretary (Tourism). The Secretary also works as the Director General (DG) Tourism. The office of the Director General of Tourism {now merged with the office of Secretary (Tourism)} gives executive directions for the implementation of different policies and programs. Directorate General of Tourism has a field formation of 20 offices within the country and 14 offices abroad and one subordinate office/project i.e. Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering (IISM)/ Gulmarg Winter Sports Project.

The overseas offices are majorly responsible for tourism promotion and marketing in their respective areas and the field offices in India are responsible for giving information service to tourists and to monitor the progress of field projects. The activities of IISM/GWSP have now been revamped and different Ski and other courses are being conducted in the J&K valley. The Ministry of Tourism has under its charge a public sector responsible, the India Tourism Development Corporation and the following autonomous institutions: Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management (IITTM) and National Institute of Water Sports (NIWS) National Council for Hotel Management and Catering Technology (NCHMCT) and the Institutes of Hotel Management.

Role and Functions of the Ministry of Tourism

The Ministry of Tourism functions as the major agency for the development of tourism in the country. It plays a major role in coordinating and supplementing the efforts of the State/Union Territory Governments, catalyzing private investment, strengthening promotional and marketing efforts and in providing trained manpower resources. The works of the Ministry in this regard mainly consist of the following:

All Policy Matters, covering:

  1. Development Policies.
  2. Incentives.
  3. External Assistance.
  4. Manpower Development.
  5. Promotion & Marketing.
  6. Investment Facilitation.
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