Dec 13 2012, 6:36am CST | by Luigi Lugmayr
Apart from winning the award for best destination, it also bagged the award for world's leading tourist board award for its "Incredible India" campaign and for world's leading tourist attraction for Taj Mahal, a world heritage site.
Accepting the award, Tourism minister K. Chiranjeevi said the ministry has planned a "multi-pronged strategy to increase India's share in tourist arrivals".
He also said the ministry has launched the second phase of the Incredible India campaign where the focus was on destination and products to attract tourists to the country.
In 2011, 6.29 million tourists visited India as compared to 5.78 million in 2010.
The minister also said that tourism has become an instrument for sustainable development including poverty elimination, environmental regeneration and job creation in countries across the world.
The World Travel Award, considered to be the biggest awards in the travel industry, was for the first time held in Asia.
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