New Delhi, Sep 29 : In a bid to observe and understand the diversity of the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged all citizens to travel at least 15 tourist destinations across the country, in this festive season.
'My dear countrymen, you will remember that on 15 August, I had in my address said from the ramparts of Red Fort that by 2022, you should visit 15 tourist destinations in India…At least 15 places and if possible, make a programme to stay over there for an overnight, two-night stay. 'You should observe, understand and experience India. We have so much diversity,' the Prime Minister said in his 57th episode of radio address to the nation, through 'Mann ki Baat'.
Informing the audience, he said India's ranking across the globe has improved in the last five years. Mr Modi said, 'September 27 was celebrated as the World Tourism Day and you will be happy to know that certain reputed tourism agencies of the world, which rank standards of travel and tourism, have shown that India has displayed a lot of improvement in the Travel and Tourism Competitive Index.
'Our rank is 34 on this index, whereas five years ago, we were ranked 65th, which in a way is a big jump. If we tried all that harder, then by the 75th year of our independence, we would have carved a place for ourselves amidst the major tourist destinations of the world,' he said.(UNI)