Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2017

India sees increase in tourist arrivals

Artists perform at the inauguration of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas .

Artists perform at the inauguration of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas .  

India registered an 11 per cent increase in foreign tourist arrivals (FTAs) in 2016 (calendar year) over 2015, with as many as nine million tourists visiting the country. This excludes visits by non-resident Indians.

Revealing the figures during a session on ‘Partnering with diaspora to accelerate tourism in India’ on the second day of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas here on Sunday, Vinod Zutshi, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, said this was way above the projected 4.5 per cent growth. This also resulted in a 15 per cent growth in income from FTAs, he said.

‘Liberal visa regime’

India’s e-tourist visa was one of the most liberal visas, he said, adding that 161 countries were being covered under the scheme. He also said India was emerging as a popular destination for wedding tourism.

Among the plans to promote tourism in the country is development of 13 theme-wise circuits, including spiritual, heritage, wildlife, Buddhist, Ramayana and Krishna. These circuits are to be introduced in 12 to 18 months at a cost of Rs. 100 crore each.

Admitting to a gap in demand and supply, Mr. Zutshi said the Ministry was also prioritising homestays and involving homestay listing portals to plug the gap.

The Tourism Ministry is also investing in amenities along highways, including toilets and interpretation centres.

This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor

Printable version | Sep 24, 2020 1:57:41 AM | https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/India-sees-increase-in-tourist-arrivals/article17009455.ece

In This Package
PIOs feted for their services
NRIs keen to invest in UT: Chief Minister
Awarding PIOs in recognition of their services
Other States beat Kerala in emigration to Gulf
President turns spotlight on vulnerable sections
Girmitya countries look at India to preserve their history
Puducherry plans mega investors’ meet
Novel note smuggling ways surprise Customs officials
A hero who comes to the rescue of the dead
Indian diaspora in Qatar seeks separate registration cell for domestic workers
Blood ties matter, not colour of passport, Modi tells global Indians
Diaspora will help improve ties, says Portuguese PM
Illegal recruitment will be done away with: Minister
You are reading
India sees increase in tourist arrivals
For these islanders, a reunion with Tamil
Note ban critics revere black money: PM
Pravasi Bharatiya Divas draws largest crowd ever
Insistence on English for students leads to bitterness
Minister puts PM in league of Gandhi, Swami Vivekananda
India can emerge a superpower: Suriname
The man behind the iconic Mahatma stamp
ATM, credit cards will become irrelevant by 2020, says Kant
Barai, Shivangi to receive Pravasi Bharatiya Samaan Award
Govt. to issue cards for non-resident Kannadigas
Bengaluru is set to host Pravasi Bharatiya Divas
India lacks plan for global rescue: Study
Pravasi Bharatiya Divas: Some have a record of 100% attendance
Bengaluru to host largest gathering of Indian diaspora
Preparations in full swing for Pravasi Bharatiya Divas
Next Story