Whenever we think of travel, we get images of spending our leisure time at a place, which is far from the hustle and bustle of our normal life, a place which is unique in its own way.
But today, travel and tourism is related not only to holidaying but has also emerged as one of the major industries of the world and generator of jobs.
It is the nation’s third largest retail sales industry. The economic, social and cultural benefits that tourism brings to the local community are commendable.
In India there are many places that attract tourists and hence there are some requirements to promote tourism. First and foremost, there should be a peaceful atmosphere in the country. Secondly, there should be enough facilities for accommodation, transportation and sufficient tourist attractions.
Thirdly, effective machinery is necessary to give wide publicity relating to tourist attractions and the authorities are taking steps towards the promotion of tourism for e.g. a number of star hotels have been constructed by the Indian Tourism Development Corporation and the Tourist Development Corporations in the states. The mass media are made use of, to popularize and publicize the names of various places that have tourist attractions. It should happily be noted that the Government of India has decided to run a few tourist trains on some important routes. This may mitigate the hardships of the tourists to some extent.
A nation can reap many advantages fro tourism. Thus, tourism continues to grow at a steady rate nationally, despite a few stormy clouds on an otherwise stable economic horizon. Locally, the visitor industry is poised for a continued strong year in the coming years.