Jenu Devan is Commissioner of Tourism for the Government of Gujarat & Managing Director, Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Limited. We asked him how tourism is progressing in Gujarat.
The total tourist flow reached the figure of 57.5 million in 2018-19 with a 14% rise as compared to the previous year. We have tried to put in our best to give international travellers many reasons to visit Gujarat and experience the best of our hospitality.
The 182m tall “Statue of Unity” in Gujarat has been featured by Time magazine in its second annual list of the 2019 World’s greatest places, a compilation of 100 new and newly “noteworthy destinations to experience right now”. It is the world’s tallest statue, and is a tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
Meanwhile, Ahmedabad has been declared India’s first World Heritage City by UNESCO recognising its heritage value. The city is known for its architectural marvels of Pol structures and other beautiful tourist locations.
What are your key aims when it comes to promoting tourism for your region?
We are currently targeting international travellers in big way with such amazing and variety of tourism products. Besides Africa, Gir in Gujarat is the only place in the world where you can spot lions roaming free in the wild. Recently, India’s first dedicated Dinosaur Museum and Fossil Park was inaugurated at Raiyoli village near Balasinor town. It is globally known to be the third largest fossil site and the second largest dinosaur hatchery from where about 10,000 dinosaur eggs have been found.
Gujarat is not only the birth place of Mohandas Gandhi, popularly known as Mahatma Gandhi, but has also been the site of many important activities of the much-revered Indian patriot and politician. Today, the state government has developed a Gandhi Tourism Circuit that lets tourists follow the life of Mahatma.
Photo: Jenu Devan, Commissioner of Tourism, Government of Gujarat & Managing Director, Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Limited.