India’s tourism industry showing good signs of revival post Covid-19 pandemic

 Tuesday, April 11, 2023 

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Following the Covid-19 outbreak, the tourism sector has showed promising indications of recovery. According to the most recent Bureau of Immigration data, India attracted 6.19 million foreign visitor arrivals (FTAs) in 2022, up from 1.52 million in the same period in 2021.


During the pre-pandemic year of 2019, India had 10.93 million FTAs. The FTA was 6.19 million in 2022. This represents 56% of pre-Covid levels.


Foreign exchange earnings (FEEs) increased by 106% to Rs 1.34 lakh crore from Rs 65,000 crore the previous year, compared to 2021. It has yet to achieve pre-covid levels of Rs 2.11 lakh crore.


During Covid, the Indian tourism industry was one of the worst hit industries. The government has recently started the Dekho Apna Desh project, with the goal of raising awareness among residents about the country’s rich heritage and culture, as well as encouraging individuals to travel within the country.


For nationals of 166 countries, the ministry has also launched e-Visa for five sub-categories: e-Tourist visa, e-Business visa, e-Medical visa, e-Medical Attendant visa, and e-Conference visa.


Following the advice of the Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of Civil Aviation granted 59 tourism routes to the designated airlines under the RCS UDAN Program, for which the Ministry of Tourism provides financial support in the form of VGF (Viability Gap Funding). So far, 51 of these routes have been operationalized.


The Tourism Ministry has announced “Incredible India! Visit India Year 2023” in order to increase tourist arrivals. G20 summits are being hosted in 55 different locations around the country. The infrastructure in these cities is being supplemented and enhanced in preparation for the G20 meetings.


In the run-up to these meetings, tourism products are being highlighted. Delegates are also taken on excursions to neighbouring tourist spots to ensure that G20 delegates who visit these sites return to their home countries as tourism ambassadors. Tourism infrastructure and amenities are being improved to international levels.

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