Published on : Thursday, June 27, 2019
In different US cities Incredible India road shows are being held to showcase several facets of the country. Its culture, heritage , adventure and medical. The show was organised by the government of India in association with industry stakeholders and received enthusiastic response from the US tour operators.
Meenakshi Sharma, Director General (Tourism) said that the road show has reflected that there is a lot of interest among Americans to visit India and explore its various facets ranging from rich cultural and historical heritage to adventure and medical tourism.
A high-powered Indian tourism delegation is being led by Sharma to Washington DC, Boston, Seattle and San Francisco in the US and Vancouver in Canada.
Around 1.2 million American tourists visit India every year and the Department of Tourism intends to increase it by 10 per cent every year.
Right kind of partnership is needed for this and since the connectivity has increased due to more direct flights between the two countries and hoped that more and more American tourist will be opting India as their destination.
Sharma also spoke of several experiences that American tourist can avail in India like the heritage, fair and festivals, cuisine and shopping. However, the focus this year will be more on themes rather than destination.
Around 1.2 per cent of the world tourism share is held by India and India’s earnings in terms of World Tourism Receipts is 2.1 per cent. This implies that the travellers coming to India are spending more and India was just getting started.
The growth of foreign tourist arrival in India is faster than the rest of the world. India is one of the fastest growing aviation markets in the world. Here 18 of the 125 airports are international and around 23 airports have been developed and were upgrade in the last five years.
India’s e-visa facilities has been extended to 167 countries and in 2018 around 274,000 Americans visited India through e-visa facility.
The single entry has been converted to multiple entries while the existing restriction of permitting foreigner for a maximum of three times in a year has been removed.The e-visa facility has been extended by the government for tourist, business, medical and cruise.