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Tourism sector to create 50 million new jobs by 2030: President HAI

 Tourism sector to create 50 million new jobs by 2030: President HAI



Srinagar, Apr 22, KNT: Newly elected president of the Hotel Association of India (HAI) KB Kachru Monday said that the tourism and hospitality sector is going to create 50 million new jobs across India by 2030. He appealed to the Government to treat the Tourism and Hospitality sector at par and like other industries, offer it incentives that it deserves. 

   

 “We would be happy if all the stakeholders recognize the great employment and growth potential of tourism and hospitality and make it a part of their commitment”, Kachru said while talking to the news agency Kashmir News Trust.

     

“The time has come for India,” he says, “to achieve its true development potential and to become the third largest country in the world by GDP. It is now recognized globally that tourism and hospitality can play a very pivotal role in driving such growth. The Vision 2047 report by HAI indicates that contribution of the hospitality sector could reach US $1trillion by 2047,” he said.

    

President HAI said, “It would be pertinent and in the national interest that the two focus issues—infrastructure status at the Centre and industry status in the states find a place in the government’s agenda.” The vision of the government to reach US $3 trillion tourism economy and 100 million visitors requires the corresponding creation of accommodation and destination development.”

    

“While such incentives are given to other industries, if extended to the tourism sector they would have a multiplier effect in investment thereby creating corresponding employment opportunities which will be spread over all corners of the country pushing inclusive growth. No development strategy of the country can ignore such pivotal role of the sector or can ignore only at the risk of compromising its vision 47”, he said.

   

KB Kachru who is originally from Kashmir said that unplanned and unstructured development may badly hit the tourism sector. “If we want to give a boost to tourism, we must have a master plan,” he said. [KNT]

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