9th KE Goa 2019: “Tourism can be the game changer for India, owing to the country’s diversity,” said B Venkatesham, Secretary, Youth Advancement, Tourism & Culture Department, Government of Telangana. Speaking at the 9th Elets #KnowledgeExchange, Goa held on May 11-12, 2019, #Venkatesham stressed on the challenges of the tourism sector in India.
While moderating and speaking at the panel discussion on the theme ‘Leaders’ Panel on the Future of Governance in India’, Venkatesham talked about how a major part of the tourism sector is still untapped and how it can be addressed.
Dearth of international tourists despite resources
According to Venkatesham, one of the major drawbacks of the tourism sector is the low number of international tourists visiting India. Sharing some statistics, he said, “We are a land blessed with snow as well as sea. Still, the number of tourists visiting India is the lowest, which is approximately 11 million in year. On the other hand, smaller countries like Singapore or Hong Kong have a much higher tourist footfall. If we can have even 50 million foreign tourists in the country spending at least Rs 1 lakh, India would have much higher funds in the tourism sector along with fame in the world tourism sector.”
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