British High Commissioner to India, revealed in an address to the travel trade at VisitBritain’s Great Toursim Week’s (GTW) second edition in New Delhi yesterday , that 350,000 visas issued to the Indian tourists till the month of June this year. This is also an increase of 15% when compared to the last year.
91% Indian citizens are granted the UK visa as India emerged as UK’s biggest market for visa operation. With 6 days of average processing time and 98 percent decisions made within 15 working days, our main focus is on improving the system for visa processing at regular intervals. Said Bevan.
This 9-city road show for B2B engagement has been conducted in the cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Pune, Ahmedabad and it will now more towards Lucknow on 11th September, Chennai on 14th September, Bengaluru on 16th September and then towards Hyderabad on the 18th of September. The Delhi edition that was held yesterday witnessed around 13 suppliers and 220 tour operators.
Natasha Woollcombe, Regional Communications Manager, Southern & Southeast Asia, UK Visas & Immigration, British High Commission, New Delhi, told that at GTW road show they are conducting a survey on tour operators in association with VFS Global.
This is the initial stage where surveys are being conducted for understanding the key markets for establishing the new centre for visa application. Other information will also be rolled out soon. She said.
British High Commission in New Delhi’s UK Visas & Immigration Department will be considering new cities to extend the mobile visa processing centre that was previously launched in Goa. She added.
The response to the GTW road show from the tour operators in Pune and Ahmedabad was overwhelming while it was in a hit Delhi and Mumbai cities as well. And also hope to get good response from Lucknow, where this is going to for the first time. Shivali Suri, Country Manager-India, VisitBritain said.