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  • The numbers of Foreign Tourist Arrivals in India during 2013, 2014, 2015 were 6.97 million, 7.68 million and 8.03 million, respectively. The Government of India has extended the facility of e-Tourist Visa for the citizens of 161 countries including Japan for which facility of Visa on Arrival is also available. Names of the countries for which the e-Tourist Visa facility is available are given below.

     The number of Foreign Tourist Arrivals on e- Tourist Visa (e-TV) during January to November, 2016 were 9,17,446 registering a growth of 168.5% over same period of previous year. This indicates success of the e-TV Scheme

    LIST OF THE COUNTRIES FOR WHICH E-TOURIST VISA FACILITY IS AVAILABLE ARE AS BELOW:

     Sl. No.  Name of the Country

    1.       Andorra

    2.       Angola

    3.       Anguilla

    4.       Antigua & Barbuda

    5.       Albania

    6.       Austria

    7.       Argentina

    8.       Armenia

    9.       Aruba

    10.   Australia

    11.   Azerbaijan

    12.   Bahamas

    13.   Barbados

    14.   Belgium

    15.   Belize

    16.   Bolivia

    17.   Bosnia & Herzegovina

    18.   Botswana

    19.   Brazil

    20.   Brunei

    21.   Bulgaria

    22.   Burundi

    23.   Cambodia

    24.   Cameron Union Republic

    25.   Canada

    26.   Cape Verde

    27.   Cayman Island

    28.   Chile

    29.   China

    30.   China- SAR Macau

    31.   China-SAR Hongkong

    32.   Colombia

    33.   Comoros

    34.   Cook Islands

    35.   Costa Rica

    36.   Cote d'lvoire

    37.   Croatia

    38.   Cuba

    39.   Cyprus

    40.   Czech Republic

    41.   Denmark

    42.   Djibouti

    43.   Dominica

    44.   Dominican Republic

    45.   East Timor

    46.   Ecuador

    47.   El Salvador

    48.   Eritrea

    49.   Estonia

    50.   Fiji

    51.   Finland

    52.   France

    53.   Gabon

    54.   Gambia

    55.   Georgia

    56.   Germany

    57.   Ghana

    58.   Greece

    59.   Grenada

    60.   Guatemala

    61.   Guinea

    62.   Guyana

    63.   Haiti

    64.   Honduras

    65.   Hungary

    66.   Iceland

    67.   Indonesia

    68.   Ireland

    69.   Israel

    70.   Italy

    71.   Jamaica

    72.   Japan

    73.   Jordan

    74.   Kenya

    75.   Kiribati

    76.   Laos

    77.   Latvia

    78.   Lesotho

    79.   Liberia

    80.   Liechtenstein

    81.   Lithuania

    82.   Luxembourg

    83.   Macedonia

    84.   Madagascar

    85.   Malawi

    86.   Malaysia

    87.   Mali

    88.   Malta

    89.   Marshall Islands

    90.   Mauritius

    91.   Mexico

    92.   Micronesia

    93.   Moldova

    94.   Monaco

    95.   Mongolia

    96.   Montenegro

    97.   Montserrat

    98.   Mozambique

    99.   Myanmar

    100.                        Namibia

    101.                        Nauru

    102.                        Netherlands

    103.                        New Zealand

    104.                        Nicaragua

    105.                        Niger Republic

    106.                        Niue Island

    107.                        Norway

    108.                        Oman

    109.                        Palau

    110.                        Palestine

    111.                        Panama

    112.                        Papua New Guinea

    113.                        Paraguay

    114.                        Peru

    115.                        Philippines

    116.                        Poland

    117.                        Portugal

    118.                        Republic of Korea

    119.                        Romania

    120.                        Russia

    121.                        Rwanda

    122.                        Saint Christopher and Nevis

    123.                        Saint Lucia

    124.                         Saint Vincent & the Grenadines

    125.                        Samoa

    126.                        San Marino

    127.                        Senegal

    128.                        Serbia

    129.                        Seychelles

    130.                        Sierra Leone

    131.                        Singapore

    132.                        Slovakia

    133.                        Slovenia

    134.                        Solomon Islands

    135.                        South Africa

    136.                         Spain

    137.                        Sri Lanka

    138.                        Suriname

    139.                         Swaziland

    140.                         Sweden

    141.                        Switzerland

    142.                        Taiwan

    143.                        Tanzania

    144.                         Tajikistan

    145.                        Thailand

    146.                         Tonga

    147.                        Trinidad & Tobago

    148.                        Turks & Caicos Island

    149.                        Tuvalu

    150.                        UAE

    151.                        Ukraine

    152.                        United Kingdom

    153.                        Uruguay

    154.                        USA

    155.                        Uzbekistan

    156.                        Vanuatu

    157.                        Vatican City-Holy See

    158.                        Venezuela

    159.                        Vietnam

    160.                        Zambia

    161.                        Zimbabwe

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  • The United Nations General Assembly declared 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development recalling the potential of tourism to advance the universal 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    12 months to celebrate and promote the contribution of the tourism sector to building a better world. This is the major goal of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017 that has started on first day of New Year 2017.

    The International Year aims to support a change in policies, business practices and consumer behavior towards a more sustainable tourism sector than can contribute effectively to the SDGs.

    "This is a unique opportunity to build a more responsible and committed tourism sector that can capitalize its immense potential in terms of economic prosperity, social inclusion, peace and understanding, cultural and environmental preservation” said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai.

    Accounting for 7% of worldwide exports, one in eleven jobs and 10% of the world’s GDP, the tourism sector if well managed can foster inclusive economic growth, social inclusiveness and the protection of cultural and natural assets.

    The International Year will promote tourism’s role in the following five key areas:

    (1) Inclusive and sustainable economic growth;

    (2) Social inclusiveness, employment and poverty reduction;

    (3) Resource efficiency, environmental protection and climate change;

    (4) Cultural values, diversity and heritage; and

    (5)   Mutual understanding, peace and security.

    The presentation of the International Year will take place in Madrid on 18 January 2017 on the occasion of the Spanish Tourism Fair, FITUR.

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Magic Museum traces history of magical arts around the globe

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PATA Gold Awards 2017 open for submissions

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