India and the Coronavirus Pandemic: Economic Losses for Households Engaged in Tourism and Policies for Recovery
India is among the many countries that have been worst affected by the pandemic. Its tourism activity by all forms – inbound, domestic and outbound – stood for a near-halt for several months. This makes it critical for policy-makers to assess the economic repercussions of the pandemic in real time to facilitate policy initiatives for restoring and supporting livelihoods for households engaged in tourism activities. It is in this context that NCAER has conducted this study with the objective of measuring the actual impact of the pandemic on the tourism sector in India in terms of loss of income and employment both overall in the sector as well as in individual households. The study also provides a roadmap for recovery of the sector, outlining various policy recommendations that would enable the sector to achieve its pre-pandemic status.