Guwahati: Bihar is looking at a 30 percent jump in arrival of domestic tourists this year on the back of new projects undertaken by the state to attract visitors.
   
"In 2011, over 1.27 crore tourists from other states visited Bihar. We expect around 30 percent increase in the number of domestic tourists this year," Bihar Tourism Information Officer Tapan Sinha said here.
   
The Tourism Department of Bihar is organising a two-day road show in Guwahati from on Sunday.
   
"We have already conducted similar roadshows in New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Siliguri. Our aim is to make the people aware of the culture and heritage of Bihar, including religous places associated with all major religions, like Bodh Gaya and Nalanda," Sinha said.
   
Besides domestic tourists, 5.27 lakh foreign tourists visited Bihar in 2011.
   
"We expect their numbers to go up in the years to come. We are developing Bihar as a major destination for co-tourism and this includes undertaking major projects in Rajgir, Jethiyan and Ghorakatora," he said.
   
Sinha said the rapid economic growth and improvement in law and order in past few years had brought a visible change in the state's tourism sector.

(Agencies)