India growing as international travel destination ‘despite advisories, attempts to create bad image’

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New Delhi | January 17, 2020 4:49 PM

In 2019, till December, there has been a 43-percent increase in tourists availing e-visa, Forex has grown by almost 19 percent and the increase in FTAs is around 8 per cent as compared to the same period in 2018.

Foreign tourist arrival, foreign tourist in india, india tourism industry, foreign tourists, india visa rules, india visa norms, e visa, tour and travel industryAccording to data from the ministry, FTAs grew by 4.3 per cent in September 2019, a month after the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammy and Kashmir, as compared to the same period in 2018. (Reuters)

Foreign tourist arrivals (FTAs) to India increased despite travel advisories issued by several countries and attempts by some groups to create “a bad perception” of the situation in the country, said Tourism Minister Prahlad Patel on Friday. In 2019, till December, there has been a 43-percent increase in tourists availing e-visa, Forex has grown by almost 19 percent and the increase in FTAs is around 8 per cent as compared to the same period in 2018.

“I think the data makes clear to those trying to create a bad perception of the country in a planned manner that they have failed in comparison to the attempts made by the prime minister to showcase this country. The data shows India is stable, peaceful and definitely worth seeing,” said Patel when asked about the effects the protests against CAA, NRC, NPR have on the tourism industry.

According to data from the ministry, FTAs grew by 4.3 per cent in September 2019, a month after the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammy and Kashmir, as compared to the same period in 2018. Similarly, Forex grew by 11 percent during the same period. In December, when protests against CAA and NRC began, FTAs grew by 3 percent and Forex by 16 percent, the data said.

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