Tourism sector to generate over two lakh jobs by 2010: Ambika Soni

January 9th, 2008 - 4:51 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Ambika Soni
New Delhi, Jan 9 (ANI): Tourism and Culture Minister Ambika Soni today said that the tourism sector is likely to generate over two lakh plus jobs by 2010.
Addressing a group of budding air hostesses here, Soni said, The country will witness tremendous employment generation in the skilled and semi-skilled sector viz. pilots, aviation engineers, air hostesses, stewards, ground handling staff, guides, travel agents, tour operators and freight agencies.
Soni also said that infrastructure and skilled man power have to be in right place in the next five years in the wake of boom in tourism sector and economic growth of the country.
It is projected that by 2010 about 10 million foreign tourists will arrive in the country and the out bound tourism will also grow manifolds which currently stands at eight million tourists, she added.
Speaking on the modernisation and upgradation of international airports at Mumbai and Delhi, Soni said creation of about one lakh fifty thousand additional rooms in budget and star category hotels are the main challenges before all the stakeholders in civil aviation and tourism sector.
The Minister said tourism and civil aviation are inextircably linked, adding that she said, These two sectors feed upon each other and support each other. A strategy to develop manpower resource should take into account the demands and the growth trajectories of both aviation and tourism.
The phenomenal growth in these two sectors has far reaching implications, she added.
Soni further added that the Government is ready to have public private partnership both in tourism infrastructure development and training and upgradation of skills through specilized institutions. (ANI)

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