‘Corporates should develop tourism infrastructure’
■ SAS NAGAR: The corporate sector should help develop the tourism infrastructure, said professor Robert Inbakaran, former director, Centre for Tourism Research, University of Canberra, Australia on Tuesday.
He was speaking during an interactive seminar on ‘Emerging trends in global tourism and their relevance in Indian context’, organised by the North India Management Association (NIMA) and ITFT Education Group.
“Indian tourism industry has emerged as the new engine of economic growth and employment
There is a potential for domestic tourism in
India, since more disposable income is available to the middleclass population ROBERT I N BAKARAN
generation, which is capable of alleviating poverty and giving a fillip to the indigenous arts and crafts,” said Prof Inbakaran.
He said that India had all the ingredients to attract a large number of international visitors, and that initiatives should be taken by the central ministry of tourism and the state government to harness the country’s natural and cultural assets.
“There is a huge potential for developing domestic tourism in India, since an increasing disposable income is available to the burgeoning middle class population. While planning for tourism, measures should also be taken to protect environment and the fragile ecology,” the professor said.
He advocated a community approach to tourism and urged the corporate sector to play an active role in developing infrastructure and other facilities as part of its corporate social responsibility.