State Tourism Industry: Inputs on Issues

State Tourism in India if organized effectively can be a huge revenue and employment generator. However, due to limited understanding, no bench marking, poor processes, lots of corruption on the ground most state tourist spots in India are not in good condition and don't find place in global tourism maps and in many cases even a harassment for tourists.

With this post, we would like to seek your inputs on all the issues with state tourism. Please share as much detail as possible based on your experiences.

The objective here is to work with the key stakeholders so actions can be taken to boost state tourism in India.

We look forward to your inputs! more  

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There is no proper communication from the nearest Railway stations and Bus stands. more  
Indian government has given the contract to a company called CKGS to process foreign VISA and OCI (overseas citizens of India) applications. This company website has to be used to apply online for this with no other option. This company has never tested its website for user friendliness and east of filling out the form. They have hundreds and thousands of complains from Indians and foreigners for horrible web experience but nothing is done to fix it. Now why do you Indians in India care you ask? It is because this is the first step in bringing the tourists to our country along with all that foreign currency to India. In turn that will bring more jobs for many undeveloped areas in tourism industry and local sites. This is a major problem with the government in giving contracts to companies based ONLY on the $$$$ bid and not on the quality. We must improve this area for tourism industry to flourish. We must have quality standards along with the better cost. It is like " I gave the builder to build my home for cheap but he builds bad houses that can collapse" I was only looking for money saved in the short term. more  
At many a tourist places there are touts and unscruplus element.Even security service is very poor.They are unsafe.Hence people avoid.Upkeep is very poor.We do not charge much and hence do not give quality service.In most of the foreign tourist places they charge high and give quality service and stuff.You can have dual rate i.e. for local tourists and foreign tourists. more  
Oh I can talk for hours as what is wrong with the tourism in India but I will give some main points. 1) In many places lack of information about the tourist places.
2) Infrastructure like good roads and clear signs placed to show how we can get to them by road.
3) The facilities at the spots like, clean drinking water, clean toilets and running water.
4) Stop charging more for a certain group of people that is not helping.( we want many many tourist with money and not few with lots of money to make those areas of the country wealthy.)
5) Government should have the real tour guide courses to train them to work at the tourist offices. They should be certified.
6) We need convenient airline or train connections to many places. ( example: Gwalior, so much wealth of heritage and amazing places near this city but hard to get to Gwalior)
7) Privatize services with yearly renewals. In case they do not perform the contracts are revoked.
8) Offer much work to locals so they see local economy grow and will stay with the jobs.
9) Provide good print material when people buy tickets at the museums or sites.
10) The little peon is the one who thinks he can be rude to the visitors and they are. That needs to reform.
11) Help travel agents by providing current information and updates.
12) Education in schools about our rich Indian history and heritage, We also have amazing wild life that can attract many tourists.
Just remember tourism brings new jobs to local villages in many parts of the country where unemployment in young is so high. It will revive the local economies by bringing new places to eat, local arts and craft to sell, hotels for tourists to stay overnight in lodgings. This is all going to help in all areas. Just think of this example I go to Chanderi in MP. I pay to get to the places in a rickshaw from the station, I get to hotel even simple clean place to stay the night, I eat my meals, I buy water, I get another car or other transportation to go to the sites, I go see the changeri textile making handloom, I buy some sadi, fabric, I pay a guide, I stay another night and leave by transport to get to the train. I hope you all get the point. The money I spent is for locals to have to better themselves.
Please make the changes to see how many jobs it will create and bring peoples standard of living higher. more  
Jungle Lodges does not mention that they are sold out.. more  
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