New Delhi: In order to boost tourism sector in the country, Union Minister of Tourism Subodh Kant Sahay has appealed the hotel management institutes to improve the quality and capacity of the institutes.

While presenting National Awards for excellence in hospitality education for the year 2010-11 to 23 students and 11 teachers, the Minister reminded that Indian tourism industry will be requiring 2 lakh trained professionals on an annual basis. Hence capacity expansion should be at par with the global standards.  

In the award ceremony held on Wednesday, the minister has termed tourism as vital for the employment generation and overall growth of the economy. He stated that it is need of the hour that India should increase its tourism market share on the global platform. For that, there is need of infrastructure development as well as improvement of hospitality services. Our effort is to attract five million more inbound tourists in the next five years. In March, we have about 13 percent growth in foreign tourist arrivals and I am hopeful that we will achieve it," Sahai said.

The Tourism Minister has told that the Ministry is committed to filling the gap of trained professional requirement but they also need support from the private sectors. He also took references from a study in which it was mentioned that lack of hygiene, public convenience and waste management restrict tourists to come to India. He reiterated on the need to fix this issue.