India's tourism sector makeover crucial for development: CII
New Delhi: India's tourism and hospitality sector needs an urgent makeover, which includes extending visa-on-arrival to tourists from more nations and better safety, industry body CII said today.
"The growth of tourism and hospitality sector in India is critical to achieve overall inclusive growth of the country, owing to the immense potential of this sector to generate jobs and circulate the economy," CII Northern Region Chairman Jayant Davar said.
The employment generation in tourism and hospitality sector is many times more than manufacturing sector, he added.
CII said there is a need to take steps to improve the present scenario of tourism that includes extending facility of visa-on-arrival to tourists from more countries, simple tax rules and ensuring safety of tourists.
There is a need for better marketing and brand strategies to promote the sector, it further said.
CII said creating an enabling environment for the sector's growth would lead to rise in foreign tourists inflows and foreign exchange earnings, thus, contributing to economic growth.
Besides, it said, this would lead to creation of additional jobs in the sector, which would create opportunities for all sections of the society and in turn lead to attaining an all inclusive development, said Davar.
CII has planned to organise a mega event 'CII Tourism Fest' in December in Chandigarh to bring all critical stakeholders like states' chief ministers, officials of Ministry of Tourism, hoteliers, hospitals, tour operators and travel agents on one platform.
"India has the potential to be amongst the world's best tourist destinations. What is needed is effective and aggressive marketing; and branding strategies to let the world know, what we have on offer," CII said.