*Representational Picture shows Chhou dancers of Saraikela-Kharsawan district in Jharkhand,India
The U.S. Ambassador to India Richard R.Verma on Wednesday opined that tourism is equally critical to India’s economy and Prime Minister Modi’s goal of creating jobs for the nearly one million Indians who enter the workforce every month.
Referring to the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC)’s organised event,he said that the travel and tourism sector contributed $120 billion or 6.3% to India’s GDP, which supported approximately 37 million jobs.
“If the right investments are made, tourism has the potential to support 46 million jobs in India by 2025”,said the U.S. Ambassador to India at Hotel Hyatt in New Delhi while speaking on “Deepening People to people Ties:Tourism in U.S.-India Relations”.
The event was organised by Indo-American Chamber of Commerce(IACC).He thanked IACC for taking the initiative to organise it recognising the importance of travel and tourism between the U.S. and India not only as an economic engine,but as a key facilitator of people-to-people ties.The event was attended among others by Additional Secretary UP Singh, Mr. Amitabh Kant, CEO of NITI Aayog, Isabel Hill from the U.S. National Travel and Tourism Office.