National Tourism Day is celebrated on 25th January every year to spread awareness of the importance of tourism for the country’s economy. We all know that India is the land of diversity and we proudly carry a rich cultural heritage to showcase for outside the world. National Tourism Day aims to promote the importance of tourism for the country’s economy from the industrial aspect. World Tourism Day is celebrated each year on 27th September to promote the awareness among the global community of tourism’s social, cultural, political and economic value and the contribution the sector can make in reaching the Sustainable Development Goals.
As per the statistics, the tourism industry provides employment to more than 7.7% of Indian employees. Each year, millions of foreign tourists visit India (7.42 million in 2014). In 2019, India was ranked 34th on the world travel and tourism competitiveness index moving up 6 places from 2018.
National Tourism Day: Significance and Importance
The purpose of celebrating National Tourism Day is to promote the rich diversity that we have in this beautiful and great country. We can use the diversity of our culture and attract many more visitors from all around the world. The lovely cultural and geographical diversity, the variety of foodstuffs that we have in each state, the rural subcultures, eco-tourism bit are all attractive bits for foreign tourists. All of this also makes tourism a viable industry to work within the country. As we mentioned earlier more than 7.7% of Indian employees are getting employment because of the tourism industry and the Ministry of Tourism.
As per the data available, approximately 93,67,424 tourists visited India in 2018 as compared to over 88,67,963 in 2017. According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, India is also the seventh-largest travel and tourism economy in the world. It is expected that India will add around 10 million jobs in the travel and tourism sector by 2028. Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Jamma & Kashmir Kerela, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand are the most visited states by the tourist.