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Tourism has the potential to be one of the main pillars of India’s economy. Examine.

Topic: Indian Economy – issues.

5. Tourism has the potential to be one of the main pillars of India’s economy. Examine. (250 words)

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Why this question:
As the fourth largest city in the Tamilnadu, Tiruchi — projecting a fine blend of tradition and
modernity — serves as a good base for visitors’ keen on exploring tourist destinations in central
Tamil Nadu. Yet a lot of potential has been left untapped, rue a section of stakeholders in
tourism and travel industry.

Key demand of the question:
The question expects us to highlight the potential of tourism sector in India, the shortcomings in
the sector, the steps that India needs to take to boost tourism in the country. Finally, we need to
mention the impact of focussing on tourism sector in India.
Directive word
Examine – When asked to ‘Examine’, we must look into the topic (content words) in detail,
inspect it, investigate it and establish the key facts and issues related to the topic in question.
While doing so we should explain why these facts and issues are important and their
Structure of the answer
Mention that there was a marginal growth of 5.6% in Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) during the
period January-November 2018, as compared to the same period of the previous year. India’s
Tourism is ranked at 7th position in terms of its contribution to World GDP in World Travel and
Tourism Council’s report in 2017.
Discuss the status of tourism in India. Give facts and figures related to revenue and forex
earnings, tourist footfalls. Also highlight the diverse nature of tourist circuits in the country.
Highlight the areas where work is needed – security, infrastructure, connectivity and so on. give
details of these three aspects
Mention the steps taken by the government in improving the aforementioned areas through
schemes and programmes like PRASAD, e tourist visa etc.
Discuss the steps that need to be taken still to fill in the gaps
Give your view on the potential of tourism sector in India and the impact it can have.