Source | https://economictimes.indiatimes.com : By Varuni Khosla
NEW DELHI: India will add around 10 million jobs in the travel and tourism sector by 2028 according to a report.
The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) forecasts that the total number of jobs which are dependent in some form on Travel & Tourism will increase from 42.9 million in 2018 to 52.3 million in 2028.
India is currently the seventh largest travel and tourism economy in the world. Overall, the total contribution of the sector to the economy was Rs 15.2 trillion (US$234 billion) in 2017, or 9.4% of the economy once its direct, indirect and induced benefits are taken in to account.
This is forecast to more than double to Rs 32 trillion (US$492 billion) by 2028.
Gloria Guevara, president and CEO, WTTC, said “Tourism creates jobs, drives economic growth and helps build better societies. This is particularly clear in India which is forecast to be one of the fastest-growing tourism economies in the world over the next decade adding 10 million jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars to the economy by 2028.”
She added that there are some extremely proactive steps which have been introduced by the Government to increase the number of international visitors and to position itself as a destination of choice among travellers worldwide.