India e tourist visa to boost foreign tourists

August 07, 2015

After the Narendra Modi led government extension of India e tourist visa for about 76 countries, now the experts hope India e-tourist visa will give tremendous impetus to the country’s tourism sector. 

Earlier, India had offered the visa on arrival to the citizens of twelve countries.

e tourist visa will attract the foreigners to India

The tourism industry in this fiscal year is expecting a growth of 15 percent in the foreign arrivals than the previous year. While, during the past 3 years the tourism sector had only registered 10 percent growth annually.

In the last fiscal year 2014-15, the tourist arrivals had registered 8.2 percent over the previous year accounting 77 Lakh foreign tourists.

Under e-tourist visa scheme, foreign citizens can apply a visa by uploading their photograph and passport along with the payment through online. The tourist would receive the e-tourist visa within the next 72 hours.

According to the tourism ministry, the number of foreign tourists coming under the e-visa scheme grew about 1, 26,214 in the first six months to June.

The Indian tourism industry has been in stagnation following the economic slowdown. Several hotels had registered a fall in the tourist arrivals and also the declining room rentals.

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