UITHM organizes National Conference on Synergizing Tourism, Trade and Technology for Peace & Development
“Punjab has the potential to be amongst the top 10 tourist attracting states in India because of its rich heritage, culture and agriculture but government should focus on making it more attractive and tourist friendly as the state of Kerala has done” said Prof. Deepak Raj Gupta, Jammu University. He was delivering the key note address at Chandigarh University during the inaugural session of the 2-day National Conference on “Synergizing Tourism, Trade and Technology for Peace & Development: Vision, Roadmap & Strategies” organized by University Institute of Tourism and Hospitality Management, Gharuan.
Prof. Deepak further said that, “Contribution of Tourism & Hospitality Industry towards GDP of any nation like USA is 10 trillion US$ which is much more than the software industry (800 billion US$) and provides more employment opportunity for the job seekers”. The Tourism Industry in USA offers 600 million direct & indirect jobs while the software industry in USA offers only 400 million jobs. While mentioning the shortfall of manpower in the India Tourism Industry, Prof. Deepak added that, “In India there is a requirement of 6.5 million professionals in the hospitality industry by 2025 while the total number of professionals produced by the 220 Hotel Management Institutes all over the country can produce only 1.4 million”.
Laying stress on developing Chandigarh as the shopping destination like Dubai, Prof. Deepak said, “Chandigarh has the best infrastructure which also enjoys the best air, rail or road connectivity from the most of the metro cities of India and with the opening of International Airport, the city beautiful can be projected as the next shopping destination where tourists from all across globe can come for shopping like Dubai”.
Presiding over the session as chief guest, Professor S.P.Bansal, Vice Chancellor of Indira Gandhi University, Rewari said, “There are 18 million outbound tourists from India who travels to different destinations all across globe while only 8 million inbound foreign tourists visiting India which means Government needs to seriously look into the matter and takes steps to bridge the gap”. He further said that, “India has the potential to attract more than 50 million tourists as many Indians are residing as NRIs in different countries who could be tapped as potential tourists if quality services are offered to them and the state of Punjab will be the most benefitted out of it”.
Prof Bansal said, “On the pattern of Ramayana & Krishna tourism circuits for hindus, Government of Punjab should propose Sikh tourism circuit which will cover the important & historical sikh shirnes for the international tourists”. More than 25 experts from different universities and colleges all over India which included Dr. N.N. Sharma, Dean Himachal Pradesh University; Professor S.K. Gupta, Director of HNB Garhwal University; Dr. Neeraj Aggarwal , UIHTM Punjab University, Dr. Suman Sharma, Central University HP and Dr. Paramita, IGNOU took part in the technical sessions of the conference.