chapter  8
31 Pages

Domestic Tourism in India

WithNina Rao and KT Suresh

At the very outset it is important to identify what we consider to be the key dimensions of appropriate tourism development for India, a country located in South Asia, that is considered one of the least developed nations in the world, and yet is a regional economic power in its own right. India also has a large population, of whom 70 per cent live in rural areas and 40 per cent live below the poverty line. Is the purpose of a tourism policy to help our planners and policy-makers to ‘attain broader and environmental goals’ when determining the priority given to domestic or international tourism? To attain broader and environmental goals involves three crucial dimensions of tourism development, which are equally applicable whether we are discussing the option of international or domestic tourism, or both.