Tourism can help provide jobs, says President Ram Nath Kovind

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Tourism can help provide jobs, says President Ram Nath Kovind

PRESIDENT Ram Nath Kovind rued on Tuesday the "distressingly small" participation of women in science in the country and said achievements would be less flawless without gender parity.

As part of International Tourism Day, President Ramnath Kovind participated as chief guest at a program held in Vignan Bhavan in Delhi.

President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday launched a revamped version of "Incredible India" campaign that seeks to promote the country as the most preferred tourist destination through new marketing strategy.

The initiative - launched along with "Incredible India 2.0 Campaign" - is an attempt to boost Indian tourism with "greater focus on digital presence and social media". The tourism industry contributes 10.2 percent of the world's gross domestic product.

The president said that a rise in India's tourist activities could help generate permanent jobs and thereby eliminate poverty.

The President said that every 10th person in the world was employed in the tourism industry. Its evolution can be estimated from the fact that the number of tourists all over the world has increased from 2.5 crore in 1950 to 123 crore in 2016. Union Minister of State for Tourism (I/C) Alphons Kannanthanam, Union Secretary for Culture and Tourism Rashmi Verma and other dignitaries were also present.

Mr. Kasinath was declared the best guide for his service spanning 40 years and Apollo Hospital won the award in health tourism category, he added. Kovind also called upon leaders of travel and tourism industry to share their vision and innovative ideas on tourism.

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