‘Cor­po­rates should de­velop tourism in­fra­struc­ture’

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■ 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

Aus­tralian pro­fes­sor

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.

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