Crime & Safety

Nirbhaya effect? Delhi sees 30% drop in foreign tourists

DELHI

Delhi appears to have seen a drop of around 30% in foreign tourists. According to the latest footfall figures of the Archaeological Survey of India, based on ticket sales at the three world heritage sites in the city — Qutab Minar, Humayun’s Tomb and Red Fort — there has been a sharp decrease in ticket sales to foreign tourists (who pay more than Indian tourists) in 2013-14, upsetting a trend of a steady rise since 2010 Commonwealth Games.

This has got the tourism industry worried with several industry experts attributing the sharp decline in foreign tourist arrivals to the adverse publicity attracted by Delhi after the December 2012 Nirbhaya gang rape which was reported in great detail in foreign capitals and created an impression — possibly exaggerated — that the city was very unsafe for women.

Full report here Times of India 

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