Tourism industry has full potential of sustainable economic development and multi-dimensional employment. It contributes to country economy in a great manner as it scores approximately 10 per cent contribution to the gross domestic product of the country. It is developing faster than any other industry at global level.
This is the specific feature of tourism industry that it can be developed in even areas having less resource or no resource like Jaisalmer. It could be important in addressing the poverty issues in hilly areas. In this reference, Uttarakhand scheme of ‘home stay’ is attracting foreign tourists. This was stated by Prof. SK Gupta, the Director, Centre for Mountain Tourism and Hospitality Studies, HNB Garhwal University, Srinagar on Monday.
Prof. Gupta was addressing to the participants as the Chief Guest in inaugural function of a workshop on Tourism and Hospitality Management Services organized by the Faculty Development Centre, of Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya National Mission on teachers and Teaching, at HNB Garhwal University, Srinagar [ Garhwal] Uttarakhand. The workshop is being organised from 25 February 25, to March 3, 2019.
While presiding over the inaugural session, Prof. Annpurna Nautiyal, the vice-chancellor, HNB Garhwal University, expressed that tourism industry invites money and knowledge together. In changing scenario, destination has emerged to be very important for tourism. Mountain tourism, Buddhist circuit, Chardhaam along with Badrinath, Kedarnathare lively examples. Uttarakhand has immense potential for tourism but without basic amenities related to securities, health and sanitation, good tourism cannot be imagined. The environmental issues should also be taken care by tourism industry stakeholders. The academician should write to government for enhancing infra-structure facilities for tourism in the state.
Prof. Indoo Pandey Khanduri, the director, Faculty Development Centre narrated the major objective of the workshop and made it clear that 30 teacher participants from Panjab, Karnataka, Gujrat, West Bangal, Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand are participating in the workshop. They trained by the subject experts in the areas of business, human resource, catering, transportation, cultural and religious tourism and advance techniques.
Dr. Rahul Kunwar Singh, Assistant director, FDC, welcome the gathering and Dr. Dhanajay Kumar, Assistant director, FDC presented the vote of thanks, the session was coordinated by Dr. Vijay Prakash Bhatt, Research Associate in the FDC.