India welcomes back travellers
At the recently concluded World Travel Market London, India Tourism showcased the country as a preferred destination for tourism. With the reopening of the country to foreign tourists after a gap of almost two years, this year’s participation of India was particularly significant.During 2019, the contribution of travel and tourism to India’s GDP was 5.19 per cent of the total economy. In 2019, the Indian tourism sector accounted for 79.86 million jobs (direct and indirect employment). India is also gearing up for the G20 Presidency, which is scheduled to start from December 1. Under its Presidency, the country is expected to host over 200 meetings across 55 cities in the country. The G-20 Presidency will give India’s tourism sector an unparalleled opportunity to highlight India’s tourism offerings and share India’s tourism success stories on a global stage. A total of 16 stakeholders, including from state governments, other central ministries, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) as the industry partner, DMCs, tour operators, hoteliers, travel agents, online travel agents, facilitators of medical value travel participated as co-exhibitors in the India Pavilion. The objective was to showcase the diverse tourism products and services, including medical value travel, luxury trains and the gamut of tourism products to the international business community.