New Delhi, Mar 23: India will become the third largest travel and tourism economy, from the current seventh, by 2028 in terms of direct and total GDP, a report by World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) claimed. The President and Chief Executive of the organisation, Gloria Guevara, has advised India to work on improving its tourist infrastructure. Also Read - New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern Proposes 4-Day Week To Promote Work-Life Balance, Twitter Says 'Best PM Ever'

Released globally on Thursday, the report also asserted that the total number of jobs dependent directly or indirectly on the travel and tourism industry will increase to 52.3 million from 42.9 million in 2028. Also Read - Vacation in Bhutan to Get Costlier For Indian Tourists

“The biggest single area of improvement for travel and tourism in India is infrastructure,” Guevara was quoted as saying in an interview to The Times of India. Also Read - After Supreme Court Verdict, Ayodhya Gearing up to be Tourist Destination

Meanwhile, she welcomed the government’s step to create the new cruise port in Mumbai. She also hailed the government for the launch of Incredible India 2.0 campaign.

The WTTC report also said that the Indian government must bring in tax reforms in a bid to make the tourism sector of the country more competitive in comparison to other countries.

Guevara also extended WTTC support to Regional Connectivity Scheme under which 350 unserved and under-served airports and airstrips are likely to be opened.