Government to extend VoA facilities to 150 countries: FM Jaitley

March 02, 2015
Indian government to surge VoA facility to 150 countries: FM Jaitley

In a bid to allure more number of tourists from across the globe and to surge the country’s economy, Indian government has planned to extend its VoA facility to 150 nations from 43, according to finance minister, Arun Jaitley during the financial Budget 2015.

He further added that the previous year move has helped all foreign tourists to move effortlessly in country. Average count of overseas tourists who have toured the nation during 2013-2014 is 74.62 lakh i.e. 7.1% and 69.68/lakh (5.9%) in 2012-2013.

Few of the concerned officials of the country anticipate this as a positive step that would help all overseas tourists to remove their apprehensions and concerns during the trip. Managing administrator at Thomas Cook noted that this would be a good move to welcome tourists from 150 nations and to surge the country’s economy. However, we have to wait for the scheduled announcement from FM. 

Arun Jaitley further added that the existing government of the country is also planning to invest in traditional sites such as Mumbai Elephanta caves, convents and churches of Goa and Amritsar Jallianwala Bagh. Indian government has also planned to invest in improving illumination, security and amenities standards.

Menon revealed that it would be a good move to grab the overseas tourist attention and to improve the sites shape. Hospitality and tourism head at KPMG, Jaideep Ghosh stated that the 2030 tourism vision is been undergoing. Advancement in World Heritage Sites and expansion of VoA facility would sure surge the overseas tourists’ inflow to the country. Apart from this, other proposals such as women safety, Clean Ganga, Swacch Bharat, tax reimbursements to Yoga and smart city creates a positive sightseeing ambience to the overseas tourists, said Jaideep Ghosh.

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