India’s Tourism Minister: States should make tourism promotion their priority

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Various states in India should make tourism promotion as their economic agenda as the sector, especially the domestic circuit, has huge employment generating opportunities. This information was given by Subodh Kant Sahai, Union Minister for Tourism, Government of India, according to a PTI report.

Speaking at the Domestic Tourism Conclave organised by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry, Sahai said, “ The tourism sector has massive job opportunities. It is about time the states realised the potential of domestic tourism for employment and income generation.”

Domestic tourism has witnessed annual growth of 10.1 per cent over the previous year. The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India aims to achieve an annual growth rate of 12 per cent in domestic tourism over the next five years. Sahai added that states must evolve tourism development plans, including weekend packages, to hold back domestic visitors.