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It is every traveller’s dream to be able to travel for free. Now, reality has caught up with our aspirations. At the concluding day of the National Tourism Conference, Union Tourism Minister Prahlad Singh Patel mentioned that the government will reward any person who visits 15 domestic tourist destinations in one year by covering their travel expenses as an incentive, according to news reports. This comes under the ‘Dekho Apna Desh’ scheme. In fact, the ministry may also bring back lucky draws and gifts (tickets and travel packages) to motivate people further. The conference, in association with The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), was organised by Odisha government.
During his speech at Red Fort in 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged citizens to take a pledge to travel to 15 locations in India by 2022. Those who finish this task in a year will be eligible to apply for the reward. You can take a pledge in the campaign by visiting this website, and receive a certificate in return by email or text message.
Come let's be a part of our Prime Minister's vision of '#DekhoApnaDesh' & take a pledge to visit at least 15 destinations by 2022 and dive deeper into India's art,culture,history & heritage.— Ministry of Tourism (@tourismgoi) January 24, 2020
Take a pledge : https://t.co/S6P8fxfome#EkBharatShreshthaBharat #IncredibleIndia (2/2) pic.twitter.com/MQvmM6cLCf
Minister Prahlad Singh Patel also said that the Sun Temple of Konark in Odisha will be added to the list of ‘iconic sites’. Additionally, Gujarat and Odisha have signed a Memorandum of Intent (MoI), that will facilitate cross-promotion of tourist sites of the two states. A Memorandum of Understanding will soon be signed. It will include the policies and framework to be followed.
With inputs from IANS
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