KJ Alphons, Union Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism recently said that India has attained the third position in the tourism sector after China and the U.S. and 13.92 million jobs have been created in the sector in the last four years.“We want to achieve more, both in foreign tourists’ arrival in the country and earning from the tourism sector. Last year domestic tourists increased by 7% from the previous year while foreign tourists increased by 14%. Over 13.92 million jobs have been created in the tourism sector in the last four years,” he said. Talking about Northeast he said, “There are many incredible things and natural splendours in the Northeastern region. Northeast India would be the hub of the Government’s ‘Act-East Policy’.”Rashmi Verma, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism confirmed that under ‘Swadesh Darshan’ scheme, 15 major tourism project which are centrally funded are under implementation in the eight Northeastern states. INR 1,300 has been allocated to these schemes. “Only the Tourism Ministry out of all the central ministries are spending more amounts in the Northeastern region than the stipulated 10%,” she said.According to an official document of the government, India welcomed more than 10.04 million international travellers in 2017 an increase of 14% as compared to 2016. INR 177,874 crore was earned in foreign exchange last year by the tourism sector.