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2) Rural tourism not only contributes to tourism industry but also creates local economic growth and overall sustainable development. Discuss.(250 words)

Topic: Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment.

2) Rural tourism not only contributes to tourism industry but also creates local economic growth and overall sustainable development. Discuss.(250 words)

Chapter 2. Rural Tourism in India, Kurukshetra: April 2019 Issue

Why this question:

The question is based on the theme of rural tourism.

Key demand of the question:

The answer must capture the concept of rural tourism in India and in what way it brings sustainable development along with rural local economic growth.

Directive:

DiscussThis is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

In brief define rural tourism.

Body:

Rural development is a necessity for India and any strategy/ policy in this direction is a welcome step. There is a lot of scope of rural tourism, given the vast rural hinterland of India and growing connectivity between urban and rural centers.

Explain opportunities in rural tourism and also discuss what benefits it could provide. E.g Desire for escape from the monoculture of city living.  Increasing Interest in Outdoor Recreation, Eco-Tourism and Special Interest Tourism. Rural locations are ideal for relaxation and rejuvenation. Over-familiarity and Congestion with traditional tourist resorts Increased Interest in alternative and off-beat attractions Curiosity for rural India and its culture, customs and heritages Accessibility of Rural Areas. Growing number of special interest tourists etc.

Conclusion:

Conclude with way ahead and reassert that rural tourism holds huge potential in transforming rural society of India in terms of growth and development.