Shri L K Advani, the Home Minister of India released the book titled "Poverty Eradication and Economic Development Through Tourism" written by Mr. Subhash Goyal - Chairman Stic Travel Group and President of the Confederation of Tourism Professionals.
Mr. Arun Jaitely, Union Law Minister, Mr. Chaman Lal Gupta, State Minister for Civil Aviation, Mr. M P Bezbaruah, Secretary Tourism, many diplomats including His Excellency Sir Rob Young, British High Commissioner to India, Malaysian High Commissioner, Sri lankan High Commissioner and other dignitaries were present at the occasion.
Mr. L. K Advani while addressing the gathering, lamented at the low level of realization of tourism potential in India. He emphasized the need for developing a tourism friendly atmosphere which will come about only when our countrymen realize tourism's all round beneficial impact.
Mr. Advani also stressed the need for hassle free access to all Indians to areas which are currently inaccessible, by doing away with permits especially in the North East.
Mr. Subhash Goyal in his address said that through tourism poverty can be eradicated and goal of economic development be achieved. Through tourism a hundred million direct and indirect jobs can be generated in next twenty-five years. He also said tourism and civil aviation go hand in hand and stressed the need for an Open Sky and tourist friendly governmental policies.
Mr. Arun Jaitely said that this book would prove very useful for the development of tourism in the country. He said that book will enrich the different libraries in the country.