India Union Government has to set aside 25.000 crore to strengthen the countries tourism sector. The number of tourists were 6 million last year and it has to be doubled.
South India Hotels and Restaurants
Association (SIHRA) honorary president and Hotel Leeaventure Ltd MD Vivek Nair
said the government is serious on promoting tourism as small countries like
Turkey, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand are attracting more tourists than
He said India, with 1.20 lakh classified
rooms, including 22,000 five star deluxe rooms, would need a minimum of `72,000
crore to develop the hotel industry.
“The Federation of Hotel and Restaurant
Associations of India and High Power Committee constituted to look into the
promotion and problems of the hotel industry felt that there is a need for
1,80,000 rooms more to accommodate around 12 million tourists,” he said.
“ Turkey, a smaller country compared to
India has written a bright success story with 5 times more tourist number than
Nair added that Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh, impressed with the employment and revenue generation by the hospitality
industry, has promised financial benefits to it as out of 600 million domestic
tourists, 100 million stay in the best hotels, generating employment to 52
He said a Planning Commission study
revealed that the tourism industry generates 80 jobs to every `10 lakh invested
as against ten persons in manufacturing industry.
The UPA government batting for inclusive
growth, has taken the committee recommendations seriously and prevailed upon
the External Affairs and the Home Ministers to bring 13 more countries to avail
visa with regard to arrival facilities in 10 cities, including Bangalore, Kochi
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