Association of Buddhist Tour Operator (ABTO) International Convention (Download PDF)

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The Union Minister of Tourism and Culture inaugurated the Association of Buddhist our operators International Convention in New Delhi on Dec 10,2020. This is a three-day convention event to be held in partnership with Ministry of Tourism in Bodhgaya, Bihar.

Tourism Promotion

Association of Buddhist Tour Operators (ABTO)

  • It is a body consisting of 1500 members in India & Overseas.
  • It further consists of specialists in Buddhist destination & culture promoting tour operators, tourism professionals, educationists, monks, etc.
  • Its objective is better facilitation to national or international Buddhist Pilgrims and travelers by increasing international networking with professional bodies.

ABTO has also formed collaborative partnerships & signed MoU with various tourism and other International/National associations:

ASITA-Indonesia, UMTA-Myanmar, ATTA-Thailand, NATTA-Nepal, TOAB-Bangladesh, TEATA-Thailand, Hotel Association of Nepal, Tourism Council of Thailand, etc.

PRAsAD Scheme

  • This scheme was launched in 2015 as a Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spirituality Augmentation Drive.
  • The aim is to integrate the development of pilgrimage destinations in a planned and sustainable manner.
  • Developing world class infrastructure in religious destinations is the main goal.
  • Development of lighting, first aid centers, toilets, waiting rooms, drinking water, rain Shelters, internet connectivity, etc.

Cities identified for the development of pilgrimage and heritage destinations:

  • Kamakhya of Assam
  • Amaravati of Andhra Pradesh
  • Gaya of Bihar
  • Dwarka of Gujarat
  • Amritsar of Punjab
  • Puri of Odisha
  • Ajmer of Rajasthan
  • Kedarnath of Uttarakhand
  • Velankanni of Tamilnadu
  • Kanchipuram of Tamilnadu
  • Varanasi of Uttar Pradesh and Mathura of Uttar Pradesh

Swadesh Darshan Scheme

  • This scheme was launched as a Central Sector Scheme in January 2015.
  • Critical tourism infrastructure in the country is being developed by the Ministry of Tourism under this scheme.

Main objectives:

  • Promoting cultural and heritage value of the country.
  • Promoting tourism as a major engine of economic growth and job creation.
  • Harnessing tourism potential for its effects on employment generation.
  • Development of tourist facilitation services.

Heritage Project

  • It was launched in 2017.
  • It is a joint initiative of by the Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Culture and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) , State/UTs Governments.
  • Making heritage sites tourist friendly is the main aim.

‘Stranded in India’ Portal

  • This was launched by the Ministry of Tourism to help foreign tourists stuck in various parts of India.
  • To ease the entry of medical tourists in India, ‘Medical Visa and Medical Attendant Visa’ has been created.

- Published/Last Modified on: May 21, 2021

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