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Tourism sector to contribute USD 250 billion to GDP by 2030: Centre

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The center said on Tuesday that the country’s tourism sector will strive to recover to a pre-pandemic level by mid-2024 and contribute $250 billion to the country’s GDP by 2030. The government also said the country intends to achieve $1 trillion through this sector. The sector most affected by the pandemic – by 2047.

It was announced at the conclusion of the three-day National Tourism Conference here, which saw the participation of tourism ministers from various states, governors and administrators from union regions, along with senior central government officials.

In closing remarks, Federal Tourism Minister J Kishan Reddy urged all states to share and adopt best practices to boost the sector.

“Countries should organize such conferences at the state level with district officials from different departments and stakeholders to improve and promote tourism destinations,” he said.

At the end of the conference, the leaders adopted the “Dharamshala Declaration”, which sets out the long-term and short-term goals of the state in the tourism sector.

The Secretary of the Ministry, Arvind Singh, said the Dharamshala Declaration – 2022 highlights sustainable and responsible tourism.

“India will play a pivotal role in contributing to the recovery of global tourism. All major tourism industries have started to show signs of recovery to the pre-pandemic level such as domestic air passenger traffic and hotel occupancy list,” he said.

According to the announcement, India plans to position itself as a major tourist destination as it chairs the G20 in 2023.

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“We plan to ensure appropriate rigor and dedication, highlighting our cultural richness while welcoming the world into our nation. We plan to introduce necessary interventions, including visa reforms, ease of travel, convenient immigration facilities for travelers at airports and openness to foreign travel. These key topics were discussed during the meeting.”

The announcement also spoke of the ‘National Tourism Policy’, saying it was formulated with a comprehensive vision and strategy for reviving tourism in India and goals of contributing US$1 trillion to GDP by 2047.

By 2024, the country is expected to contribute about $150 billion to GDP from tourism, $30 billion in foreign exchange earnings, and have 15 million foreign arrivals, according to the announcement.

She also said that India is expected to grow at seven to nine percent compound annual growth rate in the next decade.

“The targets are expected to be achieved by 2030. A contribution to GDP of $250 billion from tourism, 137 million jobs in the tourism sector, $56 billion in foreign exchange earnings, and 25 million foreign arrivals,” Singh said while reading the declaration. .

During the conference, Reddy stressed the importance of Yuva Tourist Clubs and said that they could be a game changer in the sector.

“National flags will be installed in all tourist places, and I appeal to countries and stakeholders to install flags in all hotels and tourist places,” he said.

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