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Tourism is one of the largest service industries promising vast employment opportunities and bringing in substantial foreign exchange to the country. During 2001-02, direct employment in tourism sector was estimated to be 18.52m. India's share in world tourist market during 2001 was 0.37%. 

Foreign tourist arrivals recorded a decline of 6.9 per cent during the year 2002 and foreign exchange earnings from tourism were estimated at Rs.141,950 million. During the year 2002, about 272 m domestic tourists visited places. Of the total households surveyed, about 44% are tourist households where at least one member of the household was a tourist during the reference period. 


Of the total tourist households, about 75% are in rural areas, and balance 25% in urban areas. Total estimated domestic tourists in 2002 at the national level are about 550 million, of which about 29% were urban inhabitants and balance 71% rural. Top 5 States ranked according to their relative shares in total tourists are Maharashtra, UP, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan.

Travel for social purposes accounted for the largest percentage of tourists in both urban and rural areas accounting for about 59% of total estimated tourists, followed by 'Religion & Pilgrimage' tourists accounting for about 14%. The average expenditure per trip made by Domestic Tourists at the All India level is Rs.1389. It is Rs.2044 for urban areas and Rs.1170 for rural areas. Expenditure on transport accounts for the major share of the trip expenditure. Average expenditure per trip is the highest for travel related to 'leisure and holiday' and lowest for 'social purposes'. Total expenditure incurred by domestic tourists in the country during 2002 is estimated to the time tune of Rs.319 billion.


Former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto threatened today to lead a mass protest heading to the capital unless President Pervez Musharraf quits as army chief, holds elections and restores the constitution. (Benazir Ultimatum To Pervez, Telegraph, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

Radcliffe even did training regimens like hill repeats - repeatedly running up hills to build strength and endurance. (Pregnancy And Long Distance Running , Deccan Herald, A N Sudarsan Rao , Nov 08, 2007)

The West Asia peace conference seems a mission impossible. (Wide Gap , Deccan Herald, Editorial, The Deccan Herald, Nov 08, 2007)

It is often said that farmers are on the front lines dealing with global warming, their livelihoods being extraordinarily dependent on the weather. But tour operators and resort owners are not far behind. (Climate Change And Tourism , Deccan Herald, Elisabeth Rosenthal, Nov 08, 2007)

Attempting to divert attention from the real problems facing BPO workers, and to evade responsibility for such tragic incidents by accusing them of being irresponsible, will only tarnish the reputation of ITES companies themselves. (Who Killed Jyoti? , Deccan Herald, A N Sudarsan Rao , Nov 08, 2007)

Lately, saving Africa has become very fashionable. Hollywood celebrities are adopting African babies. (Time For The British To Pay Up In Kenya, Tribune, A N Sudarsan Rao , Nov 08, 2007)

On Wednesday, Police recovered two idols of Lord Buddha, worth about Rs one crore in the international market, and arrested four persons in this connection. (Buddha Idols Worth 1 Crore Found In Allahabad , Singapore Times, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh completed three successful years in office. (Sharing The Benefit Of The Boom , Frontline, LYLA BAVADAM, Nov 08, 2007)

Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Prakash Karat said on Wednesday it was “foolish” of U.S. President George Bush to have compared Lenin with Hitler. (Bush Ignorant Of History: Karat, Hindu, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

Half a century ago D. D. Kosambi — whose birth centenary merits celebration at the national level — characterised the great uprising as ‘feudal’ and yet the final verdict on its significance was positive and it was perceived as a glorious struggle. (1857: What Does It Mean To Us?, Hindu, Sabyasachi Bhattacharya, Nov 08, 2007)

Bhutanese refugees living in Nepal are facing "severe intimidation" ever since plans to resettle them in the West were announced, a senior US official says. (Bhutan Refugees Are 'Intimidated' , British Broadcasting Corporation, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

This ancient landmark of south Travancore now lies in ruins (Royal Remnant, Hindu, SOMA BASU, Nov 08, 2007)

THE imposition of emergency rule throughout Pakistan on Nov 3 is a clear indication of the failure of the policies pursued by General Musharraf both as president and the patron saint of the ruling PML-Q which forms the rubberstamp government . . . . (Back To The Drawing Board, Dawn, Syed Shahabuddin, Nov 08, 2007)

A trio of biologists – Mario R. Capecchi, Sir Martin J. Evans and Oliver Smithies – is awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2007. (Knockout Win, Frontline, R. Ramachandran, Nov 08, 2007)

The visiting president of Switzerland Ms Micheline Calmy-Rey, who concludes her four-day programme in India tomorrow, today held talks with Indian leaders on bilateral cooperation and other matters of mutual interest. (Indo-Swiss Bilateral Ties Take A Leap, Statesman, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

Doctors here successfully removed extra limbs from a two-year-old girl after a gruelling 27-hour-long operation on Wednesday. (Lakshmi’S Surgery Is Successful, Asian Age, A N Sudarsan Rao , Nov 08, 2007)

India will send an expert to Switzerland to explain the details of the proposed Indo-US civil nuclear cooperation agreement, visiting Swiss President Micheline Calmy-Rey said. (Pm Envoy To Lobby The Swiss, Asian Age, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

Batman was in the spotlight again in Hong Kong as the movie's producers came under fire for asking tenants along a waterfront to keep their lights on all night for a week to better show off the city's glass and steel skyline. (Heat Over Batman, Pioneer, Editorial, Statesman, Nov 08, 2007)

Separation surgery on a two-year-old Indian girl who was born with four arms and four legs has been successful, doctors say. (Girl Separation Surgery A Success , British Broadcasting Corporation, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

Escalating political tensions in Pakistan, the opposition leader, Benazir Bhutto announced on Wednesday that her party would carry out a mass demonstration on Friday and a protest march next week if the President, General Pervez Musharraf . . . . (Bhutto’S Protest Call Sets Up Confrontation, Indian Express, Correspondent or Reporter, Nov 08, 2007)

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