Published on : Tuesday, April 30, 2019
The e-visa facility of India is currently available to over 167 nationalities. In issuance, it recorded a 30 percent growth and has been instrumental in boosting up tourist arrivals from the Middle East, the top diplomat in Dubai said on Sunday.
Vipul, Consul General of India in Dubai, explained that the e-visa facility, which was extended of late to the citizens of Saudi Arabia, has been a major game-changer for tourism growth, one the most sought-after travel destinations in the world.
Speaking at the Arabian Travel Market, Vipul stated that India, which is gifted with plentiful tourist attractions and huge opportunities in terms of sight-seeing, spirituality, wellness, shopping, sports or other activities, has a lot to study from Dubai in promoting tourism.
“The Government of India has liberalised and simplified visa regime for tourists and our consulate has also played its true part in facilitating travel of Emiratis and foreign nationals to India from the UAE. I am sure that our participation in the Arabian Travel Market will enhance tourism inflow to India,” he said.
He explained that e-visa, valid for entry via 25 designated airports along with five designated seaports and available under three sub-categories – Tourist Visa, e-Business Visa and e-Medical Visa, has contributed to the rise in India’s foreign tourist arrivals.
At the ATM, the India pavilion is showcasing India as a “365 Days Destination.” Almost 20 participants from India representing the State Tourism Department of Kerala, Air India, IRCTC, Tour Operators, Travel Agents, Hoteliers/Resorts, Wellness Spas and Ayurveda Centres will be there in the India Pavilion to highlight their diverse tourism products and services.
According to the report of World Travel & Tourism Council, India is positioned third place in Power Ranking and has jumped from 7th place in 2017 to 3rd place in 2018.
Vibhava Tripathi, assistant director general, India’s Ministry of Tourism, stated that India has emerged as a destination for medical/wellness travel in the GCC. “The percentage of foreign tourist arrivals visiting India for medical treatment has been increasing over the years and growing rapidly.”