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Enhancing India's Tourism Performance

International Travel Rise by 5% with 1.843 Billion in international tourists travel the world over in 2015 – expect to grow by 7 to 8% in 2016. But performance of India was really remarkable in the present fluid position with economic recession continuing in India’s major traffic generating markets, global terror threats, psychophobia due to Birds flu/ Chikungunya health challenges, natural calamities in some parts of India, elections/ demonetization (recently in November) there is a growth of 10% till October end. As per international tourist arrival details received from the Ministry of Tourism till October end 69.62 lakh with a growth of 10.5% international tourist arrivals recorded which is 62.98 lakh with a growth of 4.5% over 2015 for the corresponding period.

November/December are peak season and this progressive growth trend is expected to continue. One important point was noted that global economic recovery remains rather fragile and uneven and secondly as per UNWTO reports, South Asian region was the star performers with average 8% growth and India tops in the region. International tourism events since July one after another like global Travel Mart under the aegis of Ministry of Commerce India Tourism investment mart, International Buddhist Conclave, International Travel Mart. North East in Imphal provided global tourists participating in these events a great opportunity to sample new products in tourism sector through Buyer-Seller meet and focused B to B sessions where Indian travel trade partners and state government tourism developments participated in huge numbers. 

During these international meets, our trade partners focused on ways to set up our efforts to reach new markets based on each market needs, government’s determined policy to disrupt terrorist attacks, 24×7 Tourist Helpline and Sharing information about global tourism scene so that as Trade Partners as a team remain updated and untied. Ministry on their part signed bilateral arguments with many foreign governments on tourism exchange and strive to remove bottleneck areas and cooperation in the sectors of tourism, air travel, visa skill development etc. Ministry of Tourism global campaign since October 2016 started giving positive impact and enquires generated on Ministry’s website. Ministry also undertaken enhanced Media Relations programme wherein tour operators, travel agents, decision makers, media members are invited to experience India and on return to their respective countries, write about their experience.

All such efforts between May-Oct 2016 brought a turnaround in international tourist arrivals and of course e-tourist visa had its due share. It resolved the visa issue in a big way. But we would have doubled the arrival figure if our request for Multi Entry Visa, 60 days stay and 180 days advance application for visa were accepted. Many tourists did not found to their likings for under taking biometric process for obtaining India visa and hardship involved. They preferred to drop India. 

The sad part is the inconvenience faced by tourists since November 9, 2016 with demonetization of high value Rupees of 1000 & 500. They found at sea on arrival as a result of lack of Cash at Currency exchange centers at the airports. Those who exchanged got Rs 2000 note and for budget tourists who are more dependent of cash were unable to use Rs 2000/- note for buying food etc as nobody has small changes. Even ATM’s had restrictions (Rs 2000/-) and often ATM’s are not loaded with new currency.

Government did its best extending dates till 24th November when tourists can pay cash (old rupees) or online for tickets at ASI Monuments, No toll charges at toll points for seamless travel of coaches and many such concessions. But tour operators really had genuine problems to run package tours as they need average Rs 50,000 to Rs 1.00 Lakh cash to pay for taxes on state borders, food for tourists, entry tickets for monuments etc but there were cash restrictions. It was indeed difficult for tour operators to give efficient service. Even many tours got cancelled. It appeared things are becoming much more difficult than they were before now given to understand as the last date for exchange old rupees came nearer and no further announcement from government came for continuation of old demonetized high value rupees tour operators are getting panic. But one thing, India looks dignified to continue to grow and people supported Hon’ble Prime Minister’s efforts to curb corruption/black money. “Sometime life hits you in the head with a brick, don’t lose faith” Legend Steve Job’s told and this is very apt.  We must approach government with our genuine problems and be confident in looking into all emergent issues. There is constant effort to provide smooth, easy, futuristic transference of India and present a New India. Let us be together in this goal. Small price one has to pay for a good thing. But a serious Planning before implementation was needed and that created confusion. Hope for Best, we will tide over the bad time. 


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