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India becomes chairman of UN tourism body

This was announced at the ongoing United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) conference at Gyeongju, South Korea.

travel Updated: Oct 13, 2011 15:40 IST
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This was announced at the ongoing United Nations World
Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) conference at Gyeongju, South
Korea.    


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 growth."

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 anti-poverty strategy.

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.