Hoping for a growth in foreign and domestic tourists in the current year, he said, “We are expecting an increase of about 5 per cent in the foreign tourist arrivals this year while the number of domestic tourist is increasing by 18 to 19 per cent every year.”
The new calendar, launched by the Tourism Secretary, has 24 pages with each month having two pages displaying pictures of tourist attraction of a state. The calendar has also carried 12 pictures of the last year calendar at the bottom of it. “In this calendar, we have 36 pictures of 35 states and UTs. The biggest state UP has two pictures,” he said. The pictures have been arranged to match the popular festivals of the month.
“We have tried to arrange them in such a way that photos are matching with the months. For example Golden Temple is shown in April as Baiskahi, popular festival of Punjab, is celebrated in the month,” Dewan said. January has a picture of Lakshadweep beach on the south western coast of India as people prefer to go to a beach during this time while second picture of the month is of Himachal which shows snow.” The calendar also has the list of gazetted and regional holidays. “People planning for their visits to certain states may like to know the local holidays there, so we have given details of holidays in the calendar,” Dewan said. (PTI)