People travel mainly to remove monotony from their lives. Travel is something that makes people more responsible, valiant, and agile. The experience that one draws from traveling can be used in every other department in life. The birth of tourism industry happened to aid the travelers in every way. The industry of tourism is a vast one and it is one of the budding sectors which holds tremendous caliber to invest in the economy of a country.

India is a vast land of diversity. This diversity is something that attracts people from domestic as well as international locations to explore. From breezy sea beaches to lofty mountains, sultry deserts to engaging plain lands – there is an interesting facet to every place here.

World Tourism Day is on 27th September and this year India is the host country. The theme this year is “Tourism and Jobs: a better future for all’. The discussions would be mostly on how tourism can be more convenient for creating more avenues for jobs and secure future of people. As India is the host country, learning some startling facts about Indian tourism would be imperative.

Know Some Interesting Facts About Tourism In India Below:
  1. The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) calculated that only from tourism, India generated INR ₹16.91 Lakh Crore.
  2. Tourism in India contributes to 9.2% of the GDP.
  3. Tourism in India provides job to 42.673 million people which is 8.1% of the total employment.
  4. In India, tourism is one of the fastest-growing sectors. It is expected that by 2028 the contribution from tourism to our economy would be 32.05 Lakh Crore. This figure will then be 9.9% of the GDP.
  5. What is startling is the fact that many people from across the world come to India for medical treatment. As per Wikipedia, in October 2015, India’s medical tourism sector was estimated to be worth US$3 billion, and it is projected to grow to US$7–8 billion by 2020. Also in 2014, exactly 184,298 foreign patients traveled to India to seek medical treatment.
  6. The two major gates of foreign tourism in India are New Delhi & Mumbai.
  7. Do you know which those countries are that mostly take a tour of India and increase our income? They are – France, Germany, Canada, China, Japan, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, United Kingdom, USA, and Bangladesh.
  8. There has been a growth of 15.6% from 2016 to 2017 in terms of the number of tourists visiting India. In 2016, the number was 8.89 million foreigners while it grew to 10 million foreigners in 2017.
  9. As per the “Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2019” India is at 34th position among 140 countries. The improvement as compared to the last year is almost 25% which is a great sign.
  10. When it comes to the worldwide ranking of cities in terms of foreign tourist arrivals, then Delhi ranks 28th, while Mumbai is ranked 30th, Chennai 43rd, Agra 45th, Jaipur 52nd, and Kolkata 90th.
  11. Do you know that the people from Bhutan, Maldives, and Nepal do not require a travel visa to enter India? Also, know that the citizens of Afghanistan, Argentina, Bangladesh, DPR Korea, Jamaica, Maldives, Mauritius, Mongolia, Nepal, South Africa, and Uruguay are not required to pay any fee when obtaining an Indian visa.
  12. You must know that you would require a PAP or Protected Area Permit to enter the states of Nagaland, Sikkim, Jammu & Kashmir, some parts of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, and Himachal Pradesh? You would also require a RAP or Restricted Area Permit to travel to the Andaman & Nicobar Islands and some parts of Sikkim.
  13. The National Tourism Day in India is 25th January.
  14. The 2011 Kumbh Mela saw the largest gathering of people ever on this planet. The count was over 75 million and this gathering was so huge that it was visible from space also
  15. The Taj Mahal alone witnesses a footfall of at least 7-8 million people annually.
  16. During Brahmotsavam held annually at least, 500,000 devotees visit the Tirupati Temple and that makes Tirupati one of the most-visited holy places in the world.
  17. Another startling fact is that the Tirumala Venkateswara Temple is the richest temple in the world in terms of donations.
  18. India has the second-largest network of roads in the world and that aids the huge flow of tourists visiting our country.
  19. There are many factors for people visiting our beautiful country and our cuisine is one of them. Do you know that Indian cuisine is the oldest continuously prepared cuisine in human history?
  20. Also, you must know that India is the home to the 60% total tiger population which is one of the attractive factors for wildlife photographers or adventure tourists to visit our country. The lovers of history and culture never forget to take a trip to the Varanasi which is one of the oldest cities in the world.

Our big country has many such interesting factors. Aren’t these aforementioned factors inspiring you to travel some more and know our country a bit more?

“Once a year, go someplace you have never been before” – Dalai Lama

Apart from Dalai Lama, even doctors and psychiatrists also suggest going somewhere once in a while to rejuvenate the mind and body. There are many stress or tensions in life concerning both professional and personal situations. Traveling to places amidst brings a breath of fresh air to tackle everything in life easier and better ways.

Now, to raise awareness on the role of tourism within the international community and to demonstrate how it affects social, cultural, political, and economic values worldwide the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has been celebrating World Tourism Day since 1980 on 27th September. Tourism, undoubtedly, is a big industry today with the increase in the number of modes of transportation across the globe. Through travel and tourism, a great relationship within and outside the country is promoted. It helps people in knowing the foreign culture, tradition, history, and thus aids in binding people.

Every year, UNWTO chooses one host country and theme to raise awareness regarding tourism. This year, India is the host country and the theme is “Tourism & Jobs: A better future for all”. There are many such unknown facts about WTD which you can know from below:

  1. Do you know that the word “tourist” had been in use since 1760? It was used for individuals traveling for recreation.
  2. Are you familiar with the name Thomas Cook? Well, he was an English businessman and was the first one to organize a trip from Market Harborough to Loughborough for a temperance meeting on 5th July 1841. By 1845, his tourism industry had grown to offer trips to Glasgow only for a guinea.
  3. The 1st foreign trip that he organized was in 1861 and it was a 6-day package. The British tourists were greeted with a cannon salute and band music.
  4. It is really startling to know that tourism industry generates 5% of the world economy.
  5. In 2018, there were 1.401 billion international tourist arrivals worldwide. The growth compared to 2017 was of 5.4%.
  6. The top 10 countries with maximum numbers of tourists were- France, Spain, United States of America, China, Italy, Turkey, Mexico, Germany, Thailand, and the United Kingdom. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Tourism_rankings)
  7. The international tourism receipts in 2018 were US$1,451 billion which saw a growth of 4.4% compared to 2017. The USA was the top earner in this tourism sector.
  8. The Asia Pacific recorded the highest growth in terms of footfalls. In 2018, there were over 347 million international tourist arrivals to Asia-Pacific and compared to 2017, the increase was of 7.3%.
  9. The top 10 countries in the Asia Pacific with record international tourists were- China, Thailand, Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Macau, India, Vietnam, South Korea, and Singapore.
  10. As per reports, China was the top spender in international tourism last year.
  11. Tourism, according to various estimates, will continue to grow at an average of 3.3% annually until 2030.
  12. This tourism industry represents an estimated 10% of the world’s GDP and 1 in 10 jobs globally.

As India is the host country this year, you must know something interesting about the tourism industry in India too. India is an ancient country where Guests are believed to be the representation of God. The land of diversity, India has been a center of attraction internationally.

So, Here Are Some Interesting Trivia About Tourism In India:
  1. In India, the National Tourism Day is celebrated on 25th January which is an initiative taken up by the government to promote awareness about tourism in the country.
  2. Tourism is definitely not the primary source of income among Indians but it is a growing industry here. In 2015, it generated 124.8 billion dollars which were 6% of the total GDP of the country. Now that amount rose up to 240 billion dollars in 2018 which was 9.2% of the total GDP of India.
  3. The figures also state that the tourism industry in India provided 42.673 million jobs or 8.1% of India’s total employment.
  4. In terms of tourism (both national and international), India made a world record in 2011. Kumbh Mela entered the Guinness Book of World Records for witnessing the largest mass gathering. That year saw 75 million pilgrims from all across the world.
  5. The Guinness record for the largest mass gathering in the world was broken in 2011 in India during Kumbh Mela. More than 75 million pilgrims were gathered making the mass gathering visible from space. This festival is an auspicious Hindu celebration that happens once in 12 years.

Hope this blog helped gain insight into the tourism industry.