Tourism sector welcomes easing visa rules

The tourism industry has welcomed the government’s decision to make India a more tourist friendly destination by easing visa norms.

The industry is expecting a spurt of 25 per cent in the total foreign tourist arrivals (FTA) in the short term, if the process is implemented efficiently. In the next three to five years, visa on arrival and the e-visa facility are going to set the tourism sector towards doubling the FTA number to 12-13 million.

“This was long overdue. We are hoping this will be implemented quickly and all the required technology to enable visa processes will be smooth,” said Arjun Sharma, managing director, Le Passage to India.

The government has started the process of providing visa on arrival to 40 countries including the US, Germany, France and the UK. The four countries – the traditional source markets for India alone account for more than 40 per cent of the foreign tourists visiting India.

Full report here Business Standard 



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