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Published on : Wednesday, July 19, 2017
This was a reply to the letter written by BJP MP from Andhra Pradesh, Hari Babu Khambhapati, where he asked for the growth of GDP from the tourism sector. The reply was not negative, but it is constant.
The average contribution of tourism to the country’s GDP was around 6.7 per cent during the period between 2009 and 2013. This data was given by Union Minister Mahesh Sharma in the Lok Sabha.
The Union Minister of State for Culture and Tourism, Mahesh Sharma was giving his reply to a written query from BJP Member of Parliament from Andhra Pradesh Hari Babu Khambhapati on whether the tourism sector has the contribution to the gross domestic product (GDP) of the country, which had increased over the last five years.
Union Minister Mahesh Sharma said as per the Second Tourism Satellite Account of India, the contribution of tourism to the Gross Domestic Product in 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 was 6.77%, 6.76%, 6.76% and 6.88% respectively.
The contribution of the tourism sector as far as employment generation concerned was 10.17%, 10.78%, 11.49% and 12.36% in 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 respectively, he added.
The Union Minister, however, said the data was not available from 2013-14 to 2016-2017.
The BJP MP, Hari Babu Khambhapati also sought to know whether the Centre had conducted or was planning to carry out any study on manpower requirement in the tourism sector. In his reply, Mahesh Sharma said the Tourism Ministry of India had conducted a study in this regard in the year 2012.