1.The union government has announced that will setup 5 special tourism zones in partnership with states.
These five special tourism zone anchored on special purpose vehicle will be setup in partnership with States
Finance minister Arun Jaitely while presenting union budget for 2017-18 said that The incredible India second campaign will be launched across the world and also added budget allocated 1,840.77 crore to the tourism against 1,590 crore allocated last year.
About Incredible India.
Incredible India is International marketing programme of the Tourism Ministry aimed at boosting tourism in the country. It is promoted by Amitabh Kant the then joint secretary of Tourism ministry in 2002.
The Union government has recognized Tourism is key sector with the potential to generate employment as well as foreign income (Forex). India accounts less than 1 percentage in world tourism market. Therefore addressing the development of tourism at structural as well as at consumer level will boost employment and the as well as economy
2. 53rd meeting of SAARC Progaramming committee began in Kathmandu , Nepal.
53rd meeting of SAARC Progaramming committee began in Kathmandu, Nepal. This is a positive move following the postponement of the 19th summit that was scheduled in Pakistan last year after India and some members expressed their inability to participate.
The Programming committee meeting would discuss the budget management for the operation of SAARC members.
The Programming committee comprises of foreign joint-Secretary of SAARC countries.
The South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is an Economic and Geopolitical Organisation which is founded in Dhaka on 1985, headquarters is in Kathmandu, Nepal.
It has 8 members include India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, The Maldives, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. SAARC Comprises 21 % of World’s population and 3.8 percent of world Economy. SAARC promotes development of economic and regional integration and also plays the guiding force for the member countries.