Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Growth in Tourists Arrival on E-Tourist Visa in May 2016

USA Continues to Occupy Top Slot followed by UK and China Amongst the Countries Availing E-Tourist Visa Facility During May 2016

A total of 43,833 tourists arrived in May 2016 on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 15,659 during the month of May 2015 registering a growth of 179.9%.

Commencing from 27th November 2014 e-Tourist Visa facility was available until 25th February 2016 for citizens of 113 countries arriving at 16 Airports in India. The Government of India has extended this scheme for citizens of 37 more countries w.e.f 26th February 2016 taking the tally to 150 countries. The following are the important highlights of e-Tourist Visa during May, 2016.

The followings are the important highlights of e-Tourist Visa during May, 2016:-

(i) During the month of May, 2016 a total of 43,833 tourist arrived on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 15,659 during the month of May, 2015 registering a growth of 179.9%.

(ii) During January- May, 2016, a total of 4,34,927 tourist arrived on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 1,10,657 during January - May 2015, registering a growth of 293.0% .

(iii) This high growth may be attributed to introduction of e-Tourist Visa for 150 countries as against the earlier coverage of 43 countries.

(iv) The percentage shares of top 10 source countries availing e-Tourist Visa facilities during May, 2016 were as follows:

USA (18.52%), UK (15.63%), China (8.17%), France (5.16%), Germany (4.91%), Australia (4.50%), Canada (4.49%), UAE (3.01%), Russian Fed. (2.79%) and Malaysia (2.12%).

(v) The percentage shares of top Ten ports in tourist arrivals on e-Tourist Visa during May, 2016 were as follows:-

New Delhi Airport (45.11%), Mumbai Airport (22.50%), Bengaluru Airport (9.00%), Chennai Airport (6.63%), Kochi Airport (3.68%), Goa Airport (2.86%), Hyderabad Airport (2.75%) Kolkata Airport (2.63%), Trivandrum Airport (1.42%) and Ahmadabad Airport (1.26%). 

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Extension of e-Tourist Visa scheme to 37 more countries from 26th February 2016

Press Note
Extension of e-Tourist Visa scheme to 37 more countries from
26
th February 2016
Government of India has launched e Tourist Visa on 27th November
2014. Till now the scheme has been extended to 113 countries at nine
airports designated for providing e-Tourist visa service. Since the launch of
scheme above 7.50 lac Visas have been issued under the scheme. At
present on an average 3500 e-Tourist Visas are being granted daily to
foreign nationals.

In the budget announcement 2015-16 it was committed to extend the
scheme to 150 countries by March 2016. We are now going to extend this
facility to 37 more countries from 26th February 2016. The new countries
included in e-Tourist Visa scheme are

1. Albania
2. Austria
3. Bosnia & Herzegovina
4. Botswana, 5. Brunei
6. Bulgaria
7. Cape Verde
8. Comoros
9. Cote d'lvoire
10. Croatia
11. Czech Republic
12. Denmark
13. Eritrea
14. Gabon
15. Gambia
16. Ghana
17. Greece
18. Guinea
19. Iceland
20. Lesotho
21. Liberia
22. Madagascar
23. Malawi
24. Moldova
25. Namibia
26. Romania
27. San Marino
28. Senegal
29. Serbia
30. Slovakia
31. South Africa
32. Swaziland
33. Switzerland
34. Tajikistan
35. Trinidad & Tobago
36. Zambia
37. Zimbabwe

With this addition the total count of countries under the scheme will
become 150 (One hundred fifty).

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Highest number of tourists arrived on e-Tourist Visa from USA during Jan-Sept 2015

Government of India launched Tourist Visa on Arrival (TVoA) enabled by Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA), presently known as e-Tourist Visa scheme on 27th November 2014. At present e-Tourist Visa facility is available for citizens of 113 countries arriving at 16 Airports in India.
The following are the important highlights of e-Tourist Visa during September, 2015:
(i)                 During the month of September, 2015 a total of 31,729 tourist arrived on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 2,170 during the month of September, 2014 registering a growth of 1362.2%.

(ii)               During January- September, 2015 a total of 2,01,705 tourist arrived on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 19,290 during January- September, 2014 registering a growth of  945.6% .

(iii)        This high growth may be attributed to introduction of India e-Tourist Visa for 113 countries as against coverage of earlier TVoA scheme for 12 countries.

(iv)        The percentage shares of  top 10 source countries availing e-Tourist Visa facility  during  September,  2015 were as follows:
USA (18.71%), UK (9.24%), Australia (8.50%), Germany (7.22%), China (6.36%), France (5.22%), Canada (4.54%), Israel (3.61%), Japan (2.83%), and Mexico (2.66%).

(v)          The percentage shares of different ports in tourist arrivals on e-Tourist Visa during  September, 2015 were as follows:
New Delhi Airport (50.69%), Mumbai Airport (20.70%), Bengaluru Airport (7.44%), Chennai Airport (7.18%), Kochi Airport (3.53%), Kolkata Airport (2.93%), Hyderabad Airport (2.74%), Goa Airport (1.71%), Trivandrum Airport (1.30%), Ahmedabad Airport (0.72%), Amritsar Airport (0.43%), Tiruchinapalli Airport (0.33%), Jaipur Airport (0.27%), Varanasi Airport (0.01%) and Gaya Airport ( 0.01%).

Thursday, June 4, 2015

E-Visa for Swedish Nationals Soon, Says President Pranab Mukherjee



President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday announced e-tourist visas for all Swedish nationals during an interaction with business leaders from India and Sweden in Stockholm.

Mukherjee, who is on a state visit to Sweden, assured the Swedish CEOs that the Indian government is "responsive to industry and investors".

"It is creating an appropriate atmosphere in the country to promote investment and manufacturing. A constant dialogue between investors and officials will help at the arrival of solutions to specific problems," he said.

Addressing a Business Seminar later, the President said India-Sweden business relations date back to the early 20th century when Ericsson brought manual switches and telephone systems to India.

Swedish Match established its facility (WIMCO) in India in 1926. Since then, many other Swedish companies have established operations in India. There are 170 Swedish joint ventures and wholly owned subsidiaries in India.

Investments have also begun to flow from India to Sweden with around 50 Indian companies present in Sweden, said a Rashtrapati Bhavan statement.

The president urged businessmen of both sides to reinvent India-Sweden relations and give it new dimensions.

Welcoming the enthusiasm shown by Swedish firms in investing in India, he said the three Ds of India - Democracy, Demography and Demand will ensure that their investments are a huge success.

Pointing out that India is going to become a $8-trillion economy in PPP terms by the end of this year and its international trade will soon cross $1 billion, the president called upon Swedish investors to lend their expertise.

He said India will give them the capacity required, adding that India and Sweden should share their collective wisdom to move forward together, the statement said.

The Swedish CEOs said they are planning to increase their investments and employ more people in India. They warmly welcomed the government's 'Make in India' initiative as well as other reform measures underway while they also drew attention to the challenges in doing business in India.

The Swedish CEOs who attended included Jacob Wallenberg, Chairman Investor AB; Hans Vestberg, President and CEO Ericsson; Hakan Buskhe, President and CEO SAAB; Olof Faxander, President and CEO Sandvik; Anders Grundstramer, Senior VP Scania/MD of Scania India; Carl-Henric Svanberg, Chairman Volvo Group and Goran Westerberg, CEO Rusta, the statement said.

India E-Visa for Swedish citizens

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

India to extend e-Tourist Visa to Chinese nationals



During his three-day visit to China, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced e-Visas for Chinese tourists to India. This will attract a larger numbers of tourists from China.
Subhash Goyal, President, Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) has conveyed his happiness on the announcement of e-Tourist Visa facility for Chinese nationals as announced by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This announcement will give a major boost in the tourist arrivals from China which is a growing market for India.
Goyal stated, “We had been pleading for extending e-Tourist Visa facility for nationals from China, UK, Italy, Poland, etc. as these countries provide tourists round the year and these countries were not included in the earlier announcements. It is really a positive step and exemplifies the working style of the Prime Minister to move the things forward especially for tourism purpose. We are confident that in the next phase all other countries like UK, Italy, Poland, etc. will also be added, which I am sure will increase the growth of tourism to double digit in next two years.”
He also added that we have requested the Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Tourism of allowing multiple entry under e-Tourist Visa so that members who want to visit neighbouring countries along with India can also apply for e-Tourist Visa.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Bundi-Kota-Jhalawar A circuit of great historical significance

A circuit of great historical significance
Bundi and Kota once belonged to a single principality ruled by the Hada Chauhans. Later, two branches of the Hadas formed two separate states on either side of the Chambal-Kota and Bundi.
Bundi is classic example of a fortress town bounded on all sides by hills.

It is famous for its intricate paintings and murals. Kota, today, is a modern town throbbing with activity and progressive industrialisation. It boasts of Asia's largest fertilizer plant, precision instrument unit and an atomic power station.
The Princely State of Jhalawar was created in 1838 AD after being separated from Kota by the British. It got its name derived from Jhalas, the Jhala clan of Rajputs, also the rulers of Jhalawar

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Steps taken by the Government to increase Tourist Arrivals into the country

As per the 2nd Tourism Satellite Account of India (TSA) 2009-10 and subsequent estimation, the contribution of tourism to total Gross Domestic Product (GDP) during the years 2011-12 and 2012-13 were 6.76% and 6.88% respectively. 

The steps taken by the Ministry of Tourism to increase the arrival of tourists to India are:- 

(1) Launch of Tourist e-Visa for citizens of 44 countries. 

(2) Promotion of the destination through the Incredible India Campaign across the globe. 

(3) Participation in major International Tourism & Travel Fairs & Exhibitions. 

(4) Organising Road Shows to promote tourism destinations and products of country in major tourist source markets in collaboration with stake holders. 

(5) Development and promotion “Niche Tourism” products. 

(6) Creating an increased pool of trained man power in Hospitality & Tourism sectors for delivery of quality service to the tourist. 

(7) Organising International Buddhist Conclave once in 2 years to show case the Buddhist Heritage and International Tourism Mart for showcasing the tourism potential of North East being held every year. 

This information was given by the Union Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge), Culture (Independent Charge), and Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a written reply to an unstarred question to the Lok Sabha.