This was announced at the ongoing United Nations World
Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) conference at Gyeongju, South
The chairmanship of the commission was with Iran for the
last four years.
Addressing the UNWTO meeting, Tourism Minister Subodh
kant Sahai, who is leading the Indian delegation at Gyeongju,
said that it "signifies the confidence of various countries in
India and the efforts of the Indian government in promotion of
tourism in the country as well as across the globe in
responsible and sustainable manner to bring in inclusive
Describing sustainable, safe and honourable tourism as
the pillars of India's strategy, he said the schemes and
programmes implemented by Indian government are primarily
focused on inclusive development, integrated with the overall
It has been estimated that by the year 2016-17, the
growth in the tourism sector would enable additional
employment generation of around 25 million persons. There
would be a need for additional 42 million skilled persons in
hospitality sector alone.
"We are therefore giving a major boost to the skill
development in the sector by harnessing both public and
private sector educational and training infrastructure of the
country. We are also encouraging our academic institutes to go
in for MOU's with reputed counterparts of other countries for
achieving academic excellence," Sahai said.
Seeking the global organisation's active role in skill
development programme, the minister said, "I would urge UNWTO
to intensify its efforts in providing the support to member
countries in developing a skill development framework based on
successful best practices across the globe."
He said the government is in process of establishment of
Sustainable Tourism Criteria for India (STCI) and indicators
for the accommodation sector and tour operators.