Competitions for Rural Tourism Begins

  • Launched by the Ministry of Tourism.
  • National Best Tourism Village Competition 2024 and the National Best Rural Homestay Competition 2024.
  • The earlier version of the National Best Tourism Village Competition 2023 recognized 35 villages all over India in Gold, Silver, and Bronze categories.
  • The Ministry launched the comprehensive National Strategy and Roadmap for the Development of Rural Tourism in India, along with the National Strategy for the Promotion of Rural Homestays.
  • It has initiated the implementation of the National strategies in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management.
  • It has actively engaged Governments, industry stakeholders, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), and local communities.
  • It aims to develop healthy competitiveness among the villages and the rural homestays
  • To identify and reward outstanding contributions to Rural Tourism.
  • To incentivize communities and individuals for active contribution to the sustainable development goals.
  • The Ministry established the Central Nodal Agency Rural Tourism and Rural Homestay (CNA RT & RH).
  • CAN RT & RH is conducting the capacity building session for the states to create the Master Trainers for the propagation of the competitions to the village level.

Benefits:

  • Boosts tourism in lesser-explored regions
  • Increases community involvement
  • Preserves cultural authenticity
  • Promotes sustainable and responsible practices in the tourism sector.
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