Budget 2016 expectations: Last year’s budget provided the tourism industry with a strong impetus in the form of opening up e-Visas and Visa on arrival for a number of countries, thus easing the path for inbound travel to India. We are hopeful that this year’s budget shall move a step further to showcase India as a great tourist destination for global travellers and putting in place, steps to ease the travel to and within India.
The government also has to take a closer look at addressing issues like safety and infrastructure to develop the image of India as a visitor friendly destination.
We are hopeful that the budget gives a strong direction on improving road infrastructure to many untapped tourist destinations within the country, and also points to addressing any residual issues around traveller safety, particularly that of women travellers.
The “Make In India” initiative should also have a positive impact on the travel and tourism industry, which in turn, can catalyse further employment and economic opportunities within the eco-system.
By Sharat Dhall, President, Yatra.com