is no reason to be fully optimistic at this point as visa problems still
continues. Airline tickets are also very high. It seems tourists prefer to take
tours within the region due to high ticket costs and economic recession in
their respective countries. Even tourists are a bit worried about security and
potential terror attacks in Metro cities as reported in our National Press by
Media repeatedly. Our tax part is also very high and that is negatively
impacting the business.
makes our tour operators “not ready” as GST is yet to be announced and what
will be tax component is not known to our tour operators. So they are not in a
position to give a definitive Quote. They need to give quotes 3 to 5 months in
advance. Even guide problem has further complicated the package part. In the
civic governance, blame game continues and basic facilities have gone down.
Roads are bumpy, badly illuminated; road rage is common scene, congested roads
this gives a very bad experience to tourists they go back and talk about it.
the time that industry and government come together and find step by step
solutions. Only working together we can bring out solutions Dengue/Chinkungunga
has been over publicized and that sparked a cautions thinking before visiting
India. Lack of proper sanitation is one of India’s biggest problems and
tourists often talk about it especially when they see at world heritage sites.
Ministry of Tourism is doing its best but final outcome is not very impact
oriented. Some where we lack synergized approach.
other government ministries are not that tourism friendly and that is the
reason tourism never gets recognition. Charter operation has become costly with
high landing and handling charges. So the numbers have gone down. Cruise liners
are coming to India now in more numbers but has visa problem (e-visa is not
applicably for them). So we need to streamline our visa system first.