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Published on : Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Important source markets like USA, UK, Germany, Australia including Russia have not struck India in particular Goa, from the list of safe travel destinations for their citizens. However, some countries have advised their citizens to exercise necessary precautions while travelling to some parts of India.
As regards the impact on the tourism industry, there is a continuous increase in Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India in the recent past. The numbers of FTAs in India along with growth rate during 2012, 2013, 2014 and January – November 2015 are as follows:-
|Year||FTAs (in million)||Growth rate (%)|
|Jan – Nov 2015 (Provisional)||7.10||4.5|
The increase in number of Foreign Tourist Visits (FTVs) to the State of Goa during 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 are as under:-
|Year||Foreign Tourist Visits (FTVs)|
Details of steps taken/being taken by the Government to ensure safety and security of tourists is placed is given below:-
‘Public Order’ and ‘Police’ are State subjects as per the Seventh Schedule of the Constitution of India. As such, the prevention of crime, including crimes against tourists, is the primary responsibility of State Governments/Union Territories. In order to ensure safety and security of tourists, including foreign tourists, Ministry of Tourism has advised all the State Governments/Union Territory Administrations to deploy Tourist Police in the States/Union Territories. The State Governments of Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha have deployed Tourist Police in one form or the other.
In order to ensure safety and security of tourists, including foreign tourists, the Ministry of Tourism has taken following steps:
iii. Adoption of code of conduct for Safe and Hon’ble Tourism, which contains a set of guidelines to encourage tourism activities to be undertaken with respect to basic rights like dignity, safety and freedom from exploitation of both tourists and local residents, in particular women and children.
iii. Identifying, locating tourists in times of emergency.