In an exclusive interview with Jyotika Sood, central tourism minister Prahlad Singh Patel explains how the Rs 20-lakh crore stimulus package, formation of a National Task Force, and encouragement to states to initiate relief measures will kick-start and revive the sector. The Atma-Nirbhar Bharat package will create demand and drive businesses, as money flows into the hands of the people
Why is it important for India to revive tourism? What are its benefits to the economy?
The growing influence of tourism as an economic power-house and its potential as a tool for development are irrefutable. Not only does the tourism sector spearhead growth, it improves the quality of people’s lives with its capacity to create large scale employment of diverse kind. It supports environmental protection, champions diverse cultural heritage, and strengthens peace in the world.
Its role in the economic, cultural, social and educational fields is one of the largest economic activities in international...