National Tourism Day in India Date in the current year: January 25, 2016

National Tourism Day in India India's National Tourism Day is celebrated on January 25. It was established by the Indian government to raise awareness of the importance of tourism for the country's economy.

India's rich history and cultural and geographical diversity make the country one of the most popular tourist destinations among foreign travelers. It offers various forms of tourism, including cultural, heritage, cruise, nature, educational, business, sports, rural, medical, and eco-tourism. National policies for the promotion and development of tourism are designed and carried out by the Ministry of Tourism.

According to statistics, over 7.7% of Indian employees work in the tourism industry. Every year, the country is visited by millions of foreign tourists (for instance, 7.42 million in 2014). National Tourism Day was established to promote the tourism industry and recognize its contribution to the growth and sustainability of tourist destinations and local communities.

India also participates in the celebration of the UN World Tourism Day (September 27). In 2008, India even hosted the event. That year, the theme of World Tourism Day was “Tourism Responding to the Challenge of Climate Change and Global Warming”.

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