If you are concerned with Growth of Indian economy, You can’t ignore the Tourism. Tourists, leave their home with pockets filled of cash and spend a good deal of money in a very short period of their trip. From a local Chaiwala to Dhobi, from Multiplex to Hotel, from Autowala to Taxi driver , Fruit vendor to Gift seller and Photographer ; everyone gets their share from a Tourist.
Being Indian, I know my country has everything you want in a Trip, but still I can see we are not getting enough.
“India is having a number of beautiful Forts scattered all over, beautiful beaches, historical temples and mosques, forests and wildlife, mountains and ice peaks for adventure and skiing, oldest cities of world and beautiful monuments every here and there. Indians no more wear Dhotis, they wear cool jeans and speak English; they are not snake charmers and tribal anymore that many from west still think. We are very welcoming people and always ready to host foreign guys. “
But you know what! In 2013, only 6.8 Million international tourists visited us. During same period, France hosted 84 million , China 55 and Thailand 23. We were at 38th spot worldwide. Do we deserve this?
In Delhi, when December 2012 Nirbhaya Rape news aired worldwide, tourist arrival in India got a pause for next 6 Months. Same had happened during Taj hotel bombings in 2008. Tourists withdraw themselves every time we have a heated up time with Pakistan. They don’t know ki Tamilnadu has nothing to do with Pakistan. Only thing they know is India’s border is having a bad time and that is enough for them to cancel their tickets.
Tourism sector runs with Goodwill, it runs if a visitor feels safe, it runs if he believes that he will return safely. Take the example of Jammu and Kashmir; It is often compared with Switzerland due to its breathtakingly beautiful landscape. But why it don’t get the number of footfalls it deserves? You know the reason.
Unless we assure the world that our country is safe and clean, nothing will improve.
“This Bombing, that rape, that theft with foreign tourists, this garbage dump here and those eve teasers there” All these things are limiting our potential.