Terrorism and Tourism: Evidence from India

Sakshi Goyal


Tourism is considered as one of the largest, fast growing and jobs generating industries in the world. Tourism in India is the largest service industry, with a contribution of 6.4% to the national GDP and 8.78% of the total employment in India. The contribution of tourism to both industrialized and developing countries is now so great that any downturns in the level of activity are a cause of concern. It is a subject for impacts by different elements such as terrorism, politics and international relationships. Indian Government recently admitted that the number of tourist arrivals in India had dropped by 3.3%. Terrorism is no doubt one of the major reasons why tourists are staying away from India. A successful tourism industry needs political stability, peace, security, and the potential for dialogue between different groups of people without mental or physical restrictions. In the contemporary world, when no place is a safe heaven, the issue of terrorism influencing tourism industry is of great significance. The study indicated that tourism is a major component of international politics and tourism is also impacted by terrorism. Terrorism which is unpredictable and may take place anytime has a major negative impact on tourism not only in the countries where terrorism takes place but also in the neighboring countries. These discussions raise the need to study the impact of terrorism over tourism keeping other factors into consideration.


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