Foreign tourist footfall increases in Assam

Bhupen Goswami

GUWAHATI: Assam Tourism Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma told the Assembly that foreign tourist arrivals in Assam showed an increase with 37,840 foreigners visiting the state between April 2016 and October 2017. “The tourists were from France, USA, Germany, Austria, Croatia, Russia, Netherlands and other countries” Sarma said in reply to a question of Pabindra Deka of AGP. Sarma also provided the figures of foreign tourists visiting the northeastern state since 2011-12, replying to another query of AGP’s Ramendra Narayan Kalita. While 26,320 foreigners had visited Assam in 2015-16, 20,005 foreign tourists came to the state in 2014-15. There were 19,086, 17,708 and 16,000 foreign visitors in 2013-14, 2012-13 and 2011-12 respectively, Sarma informed. Kamakhya temple and other pilgrimage destinations in and around Guwahati were also being developed under a central government scheme with a sanctioned amount of Rs 33.97 crore, Sarma added. A wildlife circuit was being developed in Manas, Pobitora, Nameri, Kaziranga, Pani Dihing Bird Sanctuary and Dibru Saikhowa, with a sanctioned amount of Rs 95.67 crore under the Swadesh Darshan scheme, he said. Tags : Assam Tourism Foreign Touris


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