Saturday, June 27, 2009

Foreign tourists' inflow jumps four times in Bihar

With the Bihar government giving a fresh thrust to the tourism sector through enhanced budgetary allocation, the footfall of foreign tourists in the state has gone up by nearly four times in two years.

The number of foreign tourists visiting Bihar has shot up to over three lakhs in 2008, state's Tourism minister Rampravesh Rai told reporters on Friday.

In 2007, the state witnessed an 87.79 per cent rise in tourist inflow as compared to the previous year and last year the rise was 100.97 per cent, he said.

Realising vast potential of Bihar, home to a number of Buddhist, Jain and Sikh shrines for pilgrim tourism, the NDA government substantially increased budgetary allocations to the sector after coming to power in November 2005.

He added that while a meagre Rs three crore was earmarked for tourism for 2005-06, it was raised to Rs 30 crore in 2009-10.

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