India sees increase in tourist arrivals
- India registered an 11 per cent increase in foreign tourist arrivals (FTAs) in 2016 over 2015, with as many as nine million tourists visiting the country. This excludes visits by non-resident Indians.
- Revealing the figures during a session on ‘Partnering with diaspora to accelerate tourism in India’, this was way above projected 4.5 per cent growth. This also resulted in a 15 per cent growth in income from FTAs.
- India’s e-tourist visa was one of the most liberal visas, 161 countries were being covered under the scheme.
- India is emerging as a popular destination for wedding tourism.
- Among the plans to promote tourism in the country is development of 13 themewise circuits, including spiritual, heritage, wildlife, Buddhist, Ramayana and Krishna.
- These circuits are to be introduced in 12 to 18 months at a cost of Rs. 100 crore each.
- The Tourism Ministry is also investing in amenities along highways, including toilets and interpretation centres.