The Union Ministry of Tourism in October 2017 organized “Paryatan Parv” in collaboration with other central ministries, state government and other stakeholders successfully across country. The 21-day program was composed with the target of drawing center around the advantages of travel industry, exhibiting the cultural diversity of the nation and the principle of “Tourism for All”. Already, in September 2017, in his Mann Ki Baat ad, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi called upon the citizens to travel within India and advertised domestic tourism in a major manner. These two occurrences can’t be found in isolation, and truth to be told, show the administration’s reality and an extensive way to deal with advance the travel industry as a key driver of improvement.
It is against this backdrop that it is appropriate to understand the status of India’s present tourism sector, open the doors for India and difficulties in understanding the potential.
Present Status of Tourism Sector in India:
India’s travel industry area saw a development of 4.5 per cent as far as outside vacationer appearances with 8.2 million appearances in 2015, and a development of 4.1 per cent in remote trade income of USD 21.1 billion. While in 2016, FTAs were 8.9 million with development of 10.7 percentage and expense (USD terms) were at US$ 23.1 billion with a development of 9.8 per cent. In 2015, the local vacationer visits to States/UTs was pegged at 143 crores in 2015.
Tourism in India is important for the country’s economy and is growing rapidly. The World Travel and Tourism Council calculated the tourism generated 9.2% of India’s GDP in 2018 and supported 42.674 million jobs, 8.1% of its total employment. Travel and tourism constitute an integral part of India. Tourism is considered as an engine of growth. It is also has been the generator of employment. It has been capable to produce employment for the various sections and is continuing to succeed in it. It is not just the foreign tourists that have backed India’s tourism industry. In fact, the domestic tourists have also been strength of the sector.
By: Soumya Jha