Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma claimed that there was an increase in tourists from countries (US, Germany, Fiji, Brazil, Australia, the UK, Canada and Myanmar ) the prime minister had visited during his many trips abroad, and thus PM Modi was the “best face” for the campaign.
The role has been lying vacant after ouster of Aamir Khan earlier this year.
Earlier this year, following his “intolerance” remark, the tourism ministry of India had decided to not renew actor Aamir Khan’s contract as the brand ambassador of ‘Incredible India’ aka ‘Atulya Bharat,’ a global marketing campaign to promote Indian tourism.
The names of Amitabh Bachchan and Priyanka Chopra were also considered to become the face of the campaign instead. It was believed that bringing Priyanka onboard would have helped change India’s image as an unsafe destination for women.