After initial fears following recent high-profile attacks on women in India that the all-important tourism sector of India’s economy would be harmed, the worst fears seem to be coming true. A recent New York Times article attributes these sharp declines in tourism numbers to India’s falling status in the list of desirable travel destinations for female travelers.
The result of a very real gender problem, the fear remains that this international reaction will only harm India’s women further. A threatened tourism sector could not only impair goals for economic stability that can be so crucial to women’s education and empowerment, but also risks harming the important benefits that can stem from a healthy and flourishing system of cultural exchange produced by tourism.
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