During the 10th and 11th Five Year Plans, the contribution of tourism to total employment (both direct and indirect) progressed from 8.27% to 11.49% and the Foreign Exchange earnings for the corresponding period progressed from Rs.20729 crore to Rs.94487 crore.
An additional employment of 24.5 million (direct and Indirect) is targeted to be created during the years 2010 to 2016.
Under the existing programme of the Ministry of Tourism, titled Hunar Se Rozgar Tak, training courses are conducted to create employable skills amongst youth who are minimum eighth pass and in the age group of 18-28 years. The programme is being implemented by a number of organizations including the Institutes of Hotel Management, Food Craft Institutes, State Tourism Development Corporations and Classified Hotels. Presently, this programme covers four hospitality trades, namely food production, food & beverage service, bakery and housekeeping, and a few other tourism specific areas. In June 2014, the Ministry of Tourism has also launched a 6-month programme of training exclusively for the HSRT pass-outs in hospitality trades to give them vertical skill mobility. In September, 2014, the Ministry launched, as part of Hunar Se Rozgar Tak, a programme of training to bring up event facilitators.
This information was given the Union Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge), Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.