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Tourism can help eradicating poverty: President

Tourism can help eradicating poverty: President”

President Ram Nath Kovind said that greater tourism opportunities can help the country eradicate poverty and generate better employment opportunities, while speaking at a programme to mark the World Tourism Day here on Wednesday. It is estimated that every 10th person in the world works in the tourism industry.

Due to India's various features like "gifted nature" and "cultural heritage", he said the country has a huge potential for growth of various tourism sectors, including medical, wellness, heritage, cultural, spiritual, wildlife, adventure and sports tourism. "The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) as a body and India has a society has made enormous progress and yet the participation of women in science in our country is distressingly small", Kovind said.

In the year 2016, tourism's contribution to the GDP was 9.6 per cent and 9.3 per cent to total employment in India, he said.

The tourism industry contributes 10.2 percent of the world's GDP.

Sources said while the government will continue to highlight tourists attractions for their natural beauty and flora and fauna, the PMO has put in a special word for the inclusion of Ayodhya, the birth place of Lord Ram, to be promoted as a tourist spot for the global audience.

"Every citizen should strive to provide a good experience to tourists at their own level", Kovind said.

He expressed hope that this project will help in the maintenance of our heritage with a partnership of the public and private sectors.

The awards were followed by the launch of the Incredible India 2.0 Campaign, launch of "Adopt A Heritage" Project and design launch of Incredible India Website. The function was presided over by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Tourism Shri Alphons Kannanthanam.



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