“India’s potential of Island Tourism is huge and unexplored. The islands of Andaman & Nicobar and Lakshadweep have a strategic advantage for being developed into exotic tourism destinations. Holistic and sustainable development of Andaman & Nicobar and Lakshadweep islands has now caught the attention of the Union Government… The constitution of ‘Island Development Agency’ under the Chairpersonship of the Union Home Minister is an indicator of intent, vision and focus of the Government towards development of these islands into world class tourism destinations… Government is in the process of preparing final site potential development report for four islands in Andaman & Nicobar namely, Smith, Ross, Long and Aves islands and five islands in Lakshadweep namely Minicoy, Bangaram, Thinnakara, Cheriyam and Suheli Islands. Among these islands, six eco-tourism projects for private sector participation have been identified on Andaman & Nicobar, with three projects on Smith, Aves and Long Islands, two projects on Little Andaman and one project on Neil Island. Among the identified islands of Lakshadweep, five ecotourism projects are in the pipeline with three projects on Kadmat, Minicoy and Suheli and two water villa projects on Minicoy and Suheli islands.
The focus on the development of these islands will foster growth of tourism in the region, invigorate the economic potential of the islands and provide new job opportunities to the inhabitants in these islands. The day is not so far when India, with such a large treasure of island territories will emerge as a leader in the world in the area of Island Tourism outpacing other island destinations in the Asian subcontinent.”
My opinion piece in the opinion column of March 2019 edition of Destination Reporter, an India Travel Magazine.
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