The Yuva Tourism Clubs, constituted by the Ministry of Tourism, are envisaged to build the young tourist ambassadors of the nation.
In a recent statement, the Ministry of Tourism has proposed to increase the number of Yuva Tourism Clubs to 50,000, in the next 100 days, starting from May 1, 2023. To date, around 30,000 Yuva Tourism Clubs have been constituted by the Ministry of Tourism.
The introduction of Yuva Tourism Clubs was launched in schools, colleges, and Indian Hotel Management (IHM) institutions as part of the Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav celebrations. According to MoT, the goal of Yuva Tourism Clubs is to cultivate and empower young advocates for Indian tourism who can recognise the potential of tourism in India, value our diverse cultural heritage, and foster a keen interest and enthusiasm for tourism.
Additionally, they aim to teach students the importance of responsible tourism and encourage them to become skilled professionals and entrepreneurs in the hospitality and tourism sectors.
Going forward, to make future Hotel and Tourism Managers aware about sustainability, all IHMs will conduct a design challenge for designing substitutes of items of cutlery and crockery made of single use plastic.
They would also incorporate climate resilience in their buildings for which the Ministry of Tourism will coordinate with the Ministry of Renewable Energy for Rooftop Solar Panels, Ministry of Water Resources for Rain Water Harvesting and other such interventions.All this and more is a part of a special initiative that the Ministry of Tourism intends to celebrate the “100 Episodes of Mann ki Baat – 100 Days of Action” through the Yuva Tourism Clubs, which is to be aired today.
Some of the other activities include hosting a live event via video conferencing with Yuva Tourism Clubs to promote the Life Mission, organising visits of Yuva Tourism Clubs to coastal areas and 71 lighthouses, and more.
MoT acknowledged that tourism and sustainability have been mentioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi from time to time in ‘Mann ki Baat’.
“The Ministry of Tourism proposes to organise several initiatives and activities through the Yuva Tourism Clubs, as the students of today would be the entrepreneurs and citizens of tomorrow,” it stated.