Last Updated: May 21, 2015
COO (South West Asia), InterContinental Hotels Group
Updated: April, 2015
SECTORAL REPORT | March, 2015
The Indian tourism and hospitality industry has emerged as one of the key drivers of growth among the services sector in India. Tourism in India is a potential game changer. It is a sun rise industry, an employment generator, a significant source of foreign exchange for the country and an economic activity that helps local and host communities.
The value of the brand to the consumer, the growth in emerging markets, the importance of consumer-facing technology, and development and retention of human capital have helped shape the tourism industry over the past five years.
The travel and tourism sector has developed into an industry with an annual economic report (direct, indirect and induced) of around US$ 6.5 trillion worldwide. The global hotel industry generates approximately between US$ 400-500 billion in revenue each year, one third of that revenue is attributable to the United States.
The tourism and hospitality sector is among the top 15 sectors in India to attract the highest foreign direct investment (FDI). During the period April 2000-February 2015, this sector attracted around US$ 7,862.08 million of FDI, according to the data released by Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP).
With the rise in the number of global tourists and realising India’s potential, many companies have invested in the tourism and hospitality sector. Some of the recent investments in this sector are as follows:
The Indian government has realised the country’s potential in the tourism industry and has taken several steps to make India a global tourism hub. Some of the major initiatives taken by the Government of India to give a boost to the tourism and hospitality sector of India are as follows:
India’s travel and tourism industry has huge growth potential. The medical tourism market in India is projected to hit US$ 3.9 billion mark this year having grown at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 27 per cent over the last three years, according to a joint report by FICCI and KPMG. Also, inflow of medical tourists is expected to cross 320 million by 2015 compared with 85 million in 2012. The tourism industry is also looking forward to the E-visa scheme which is expected to double the tourist inflow to India. Enforcing the electronic travel authorisation (ETA) before the next tourism season, which starts in November, will result in a clear jump of at least 15 per cent, and this is only the start, as per Mr Madhavan Menon, Managing Director, Thomas Cook India.
ICRA ltd rating agency expects the revenue growth of Indian hotel industry strengthening to 9-11 per cent in 2015-16.
India is projected to be number one for growth globally in the wellness tourism sector in the next five years, clocking over 20 per cent gains annually through 2017, according to a study conducted by SRI International.
Exchange Rate Used: INR 1 = US$ 0.0157 as on April 28, 2015
References: Media Reports, Ministry of Tourism, Press Releases, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP)
Disclaimer: This information has been collected through secondary research and IBEF is not responsible for any errors in the same.
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