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Tourism industry looks ahead after annus horribilis

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The global tourism industry is preferring to look to the future after a dismal 2009.

That was the sentiment at the International Tourism Fair, which has just drawn to a close in Madrid.

Recession and fears over terrorism and swine flu took their toll on the tourism sector, especially in India where it accounts for six percent of GDP. But the country’s tourism minister believes things can only get better:

“2010 promises to be a good year for world tourism and it promises to be a good year for India too. Already we have seen a positive trend. We have major events coming up, we have the Commonwealth Games coming up. And we hope that will attract a large number of tourist for the coming year,” said Kumari Selja.

2009 saw a five percent drop in global tourism, that’s 46 million fewer holiday-makers. That is the worst year in history in terms of the industry’s growth.

It’s no wonder then that officials are trying to remain optimistic for the year ahead.