New scheme - Visa on arrival for the American citizens in order boost Indian tourism

October 06, 2014
New scheme - Visa on arrival for the American citizens in order boost Indian tourism

The decision taken by the Modi’s government regarding the VoA to the citizens of the US is not only on the based grounds of emotion but also gives good economic conditions. The US citizens are turned out as the topmost citizens who spend more on the foreign tourists. 

According to the UNWTO statistics and analysis of tourism ministry reveal that the citizens of the USA spending 1350 dollars in 2012 stands as one of the country which has the higher spenders in the world and it’s no speculation that India is eager to encourage them. 

India in 2012 has received over six million foreign tourists and 6.9mn is 2013, where US stands in the prime position with large number of foreign tourists to India, with a secretarial share of 15.8 percent. While we are on the subject, 46 percent of the tourists travelling from the United States come for shopping, medical treatment or to have a vacation with their family. 

India stands in the 40th place globally for the total arrival of foreign tourists and is packed down by some of the small countries such as Singapore and Thailand, which managed to attract travelers with cavernous pockets. India attracts just one-twelfth of France’s 83 million population. However, it stands second globally in terms of per capita expenditure. The per capita income spent by the foreign tourist in India has amplified from 2509 dollars to 2732 dollars from 2010 to 2012.   

On the other hand, Australia has double the amount of per capita spending by tourists  increased gradually. Tourists who visit Australia spent 4909 dollars in 2010 which has increased to 5260 dollars in 2012. The US, Japan and Switzerland are followed after Australia and India where tourists frequently spend. Tourists visiting the US spent 1724 dollars in 2010 which has increased to 1893 dollars in 2012, while tourists travelling to Switzerland spent around 1702 dollars in 2010 has increased to 1865 in 2012, and tourists for Japan spent 1533 dollars 2010 when compared 1744 in 2012. 

India's new scheme visa on arrival program has been a unhurried starter, where 14,415 visa on arrival were issued during January to July 2014 when compared to the 10,482 VoAs issued in 2013 with an increased growth of 37.5 per cent. Apart from countries such as New Zealand, South Korea, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, Luxembourg, Lao, Japan and the Philippines, India has planned to include forty more countries with the same facility and US being a part of them.
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