For India, tourism most essential as it acts as:
A major force for preservation of arts & crafts.
Preservation of heritage monuments/wildlife.
Opening up backward & far-flung areas.
Distribution of income from developed areas to under developed regions.
Rural Development through rural tourism steps.
Over all infrastructural development as tourism is a multi dimensional activity. Waterways,
A sense of pride in peoples mind by having knowledge about unique qualities of the country.
Steps for poverty elimination.
Source of Foreign Exchange earnings to help in balance of payments & international trade.
All these are not only essential for India but have opened up new challenges - specially to sustain the advantages which India wants to achieve through tourism.