Budget exclusive: Tourism ministry expects Rs 3,000 crore allocation

In 2016, the tourism industry created over 40 million jobs in India accounting for 9.3 per cent of country's total jobs. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 05, 2018, 02.54 PM (IST)

The tourism industry has appealed to the Indian government to ensure safety and corruption-free environment including improvement in facilities.

Sources say that at a recent meet with the tourism minister Alphons and other government officials, the tourism industry has demanded improvement and addition of basic amenities like proper washroom at popular tourist destinations.

The tourism industry has also demanded better guidance in help desk and information counters including multiple language guides.

According to the World Travel and Tourism Council(WTTC), India's travel and tourism sector ranks seventh in the world in terms of contribution to the country's GDP.

Government sources said the tourism ministry has demanded the budgetary allocation be doubled. The ministry expects finance minister Jaitley to increase budgetary allocation to Rs 3,000 crore.

Interestingly, this time tourism Industry is keen for domestic tourism and specifically railway-connected tourism.

Tour operators have presented few ideas like opening gates for domestic tourists by providing reasonable fares for popular luxury tourist trains like Maharaja and Palace on Wheels.

In 2016, the tourism industry created over 40 million jobs in India accounting for 9.3 per cent of country's total jobs.

In its report, the WTTC said India's figures were predominantly generated by domestic travel, which accounts for 88% of the sector's contribution to GDP in 2016.