179.9% Growth in Tourists Arrival on E-Tourist Visa in May
2016 over the Same Period in 2015
USA Continues to Occupy Top Slot followed by UK and China
Amongst the Countries Availing E-Tourist Visa Facility During May 2016
A total of 43,833 tourists arrived in May 2016 on e-Tourist
Visa as compared to 15,659 during the month of May 2015 registering a growth of
Commencing from 27th November 2014 e-Tourist Visa facility
was available until 25th February 2016 for citizens of 113 countries arriving
at 16 Airports in India. The Government of India has extended this scheme for
citizens of 37 more countries w.e.f 26th February 2016 taking the tally to 150
countries. The following are the important highlights of e-Tourist Visa during
The followings are the important highlights of e-Tourist
Visa during May, 2016:-
the month of May, 2016 a total of 43,833 tourist arrived on e-Tourist Visa as
compared to 15,659 during the month of May, 2015 registering a growth of
January- May, 2016, a total of 4,34,927 tourist arrived on e-Tourist Visa as
compared to 1,10,657 during January - May 2015, registering a growth of 293.0%
high growth may be attributed to introduction of e-Tourist Visa for 150
countries as against the earlier coverage of 43 countries.
percentage shares of top 10 source countries availing e-Tourist Visa facilities
during May, 2016 were as follows:
USA (18.52%), UK (15.63%), China (8.17%), France (5.16%),
Germany (4.91%), Australia (4.50%), Canada (4.49%), UAE (3.01%), Russian Fed.
(2.79%) and Malaysia (2.12%).
percentage shares of top Ten ports in tourist arrivals on e-Tourist Visa during
May, 2016 were as follows:-
The Government of India has launched e-Tourist Visa on
27.11.2014 with a view to facilitate foreign tourist visiting India. Initially,
the scheme was introduced for 43 countries. However, the scheme has since been extended
to 150 countries. A list of these countries is attached as Annexure-I. The visa service under the scheme is being
rendered in time bound manner and decision is communicated to applicant via
e-mail within 72 hours of making online application.
The e-Tourist Visa
has simplified the procedure for seeking India visa for international
tourists. The e-Tourist Visa enables the
prospective visitor to apply for an Indian Visa from his/her home country
online without visiting the Indian Mission and also pay the visa fee online.
As a result, the year
2015 witnessed a growth rate of 4.5% in terms of Foreign Tourist Arrivals
(FTAs) in India. During 2015, FTAs were
8.03 million as compared to 7.68 million in 2014. FTAs during the period January-March 2016
were 25.08 lakh with a growth of 10.0% as compared to the FTAs of 22.81 lakh in
January-March 2015. The foreign exchange earnings during January - December
2015 was Rs.135193 crore as compared to Rs.123320 crore during 2014 thereby
registering the growth of 9.6%.
The e-Tourist Visa
has been extended to 150 countries w.e.f. 26.02.2016. During January-December 2015 a total of
4,45,300 tourists arrived on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 39,046 during
January-December 2014 registering a growth of 1040.4%. During the month of January-March 2016, a
total of 3,21,049 tourists arrived on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 75,859
during the month of January-March 2015 registering a growth of 323.2%.
Cabinet approves Civil Aviation Policy
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Mr. Narendra Modi, Prime
Minister of India has given its approval for the Civil Aviation Policy. This is
the first time since Independence that an integrated Civil Aviation Policy has
been brought out by the Ministry of Civil Aviation.
The Policy aims at:
â˘ India to become 3rd largest civil
aviation market by 2022 from 9th
â˘ & ...
The 2013 UNWTO and WTM MinistersÂ´
Summit at the World Travel Market (WTM) will put a spotlight on the essential
connection between air transport and tourism, debating the challenges and
opportunities of promoting higher policy coordination between aviation and
Air transport, being an important
factor in outbound or inbound tourism, plays a vital role in foreign tourist
arrival in India. Therefore, the discussions on the matter must be considered
as important for the tourism i ...
Action Plan for Incredible India Bed & Breakfast /Home
Ministry of Tourism has formulated an Action Plan for
âIncredible India Bed & Breakfast /Home Stay Schemeâ.
The salient features of the Action Plan are as follows:-
1. As Home
Stay / Bed & Breakfast is the need of the hour, it was decided to revisit
the scheme guidelines and update it ...
Kochi is the largest urban agglomeration in Kerala emerging as the commercial and industrial capital of Kerala. It is perhaps the second most important city on the west coast of India. Its world class port and international airport link it to many major cities worldwide.The Kochi store was inaugurated by Mr. Tony Chammany, Mayor of Kochi, Mr. M G Rajamanickam I A S, Collector of Kochi and Daniel Dâsouza, Head of Sales- Tour Operating, Kuo ...
Kerala gearing upto host the second edition of âMalabar
River Festival 2014âł. The Malabar River festival returns this year with a bang
without motto being "Bigger, Harder and Faster". This festival is
being organized by Madras Fun Tools in association with the District Tourism
Promotional Council and Kerala Adventure Tourism Promotion Society, kayaking
international championship and white-water rafting will be held on the rivers
of Iruv ...
Tourism is one of the major foreign exchange earners, which apart from currency gains, also helps in important human resource accrual. In line with the far-sighted tourism development outlook of the new government in the centre, Chhattisgarh Tourism Board, under the aegis of Chhattisgarh Government has created a blue-print of future tourism plans that will help establish Chhattisgarh as Indiaâs biggest Eco-Tourism hub.Chhattisgarh blessed with ...
Maybe just maybe the host nation will win the World Cup but it certainly is winning the game on the tourism "field". FOUR days after the host nation set the ball rolling with a win over Croatia, Brazil is also winning off the pitch and hitting its World Cup tourism goals, the government said.âThe balance sheet for the first few days of the World Cup is generally very positive, and Early data shows Brazil will meet its target of attracting some ...
During a recent visit to the
Philippines, UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai visited the Bohol province to
review the recovery progress following the 2013 earthquake and deliver a
recovery plan for the regionâs tourism sector. The Bohol Tourism Recovery Plan
is a roadmap to support the recovery of Boholâs tourism sector, which was
struck by the severe earthquake of October 2013. Representing a significant
development opportunity for th ...
Kerala Chief Minister releases KPMG report on Kochi-Muziris
The first-of-its-kind study on an art and culture event in
the country shows Biennale had a long-lasting impact on the overall economy of
Kerala Chief Minister
Mr. Oommen Chandy released findings of a study on the first Kochi-Muziris
Biennale (KMB) held during December 2012-March 2013 by global professional
services firm KPMG, which says the showpiece ar ...
Hilton Garden Inn Trivandrum Joins Hilton Worldwideâs
Largest Global Career Event
Careers@Hilton Live Showcases the Dynamic Career
Opportunities Available in Hospitality for Job Seekers Around the World
Hilton Garden Inn Trivandrum has taken part in Careers@Hilton
Live: Youth in Hospitality Month, Hilton Worldwideâs largest ever global career
event showcasing to young people, the many opportunities available in the
hospitality indu ...
Tourism Forum,Karnataka's biggest congregation of Tourism stakeholders present
'Destination Karnataka', a one-day Roadshow for the travel-trade in Mumbai on
Friday, 13th June 2014 at 'The Hyatt Regency', Andheri.
will bring together several leading travel and hospitality partners and
specialists from diverse destinations within Karnataka. The past road shows in
Gujarat, Chennai and Pune ...
OpenWays, the global leader in mobile key solutions, is unveiling yet another industry first: BlueWays and BlueWays+ with Bluetooth 4.0 the only Bluetooth enabled mobile key solution on the market that can quickly and cost-effectively upgrade EXISTING hotel locks. The BlueWays family of solutions leverages the latest short-range mobile technologies to enable travelers to bypass traditional hotel check-in/-out processes and proceed straight to the ...
RezNext, leading true
real-time enterprise distribution technology company, has been recognised as a
âCool Vendorâ for Travel and Hospitality by Gartner in the report published on
May 28, 2015. The âCool Vendorâ report recognises companies that provide
unique, innovative and impactfulsolutions. Companies are assessed by the value
extended by the enterprise across disparate hotel systems and processes to
provide a better user e ...
ROYAL CARIBBEANâS NEWEST QUANTUM OF THE SEAS TO ARRIVE IN
SINGAPORE IN 2015
Royal Caribbean International announced that Quantum of the
Seas, the most anticipated cruise ship to date, will come to Singapore in June
2015 to offer two special sailings that will bring the new Quantum class
experience to vacationers in the region.
The 167,800 gross registered ton Quantum of the Seas which is 18 decks
high and carries 4,180 guests at ...
The Accor Group has been successful in setting and
maintaining the high standards of employee management with the existing
Adding 1100 employees to the existing network of 3600
employees for the strategic hotel openings this year
Accor, the largest operator of hotels in Asia Pacific is on
a reÂcruitment drive to meet the needs of its growing network of hotels in
India. The company will add 1100 employees to the existing s ...
successfully positioned itself as an independent national chain of upscale
business and leisure hotels, Lemon Tree Hotels launched an 81 room hotel in Chandigarh.
Located in proximity to the cityâs IT and business hubs, the hotel offers a
ârefreshingly differentâ experience for the corporate traveler.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Rahul Pandit,
President & COO,
Lemon Tree Hotels said, âWe are delighted to add Chandigar ...
India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) has announced
the appointment of Mr. Vijay Dutt as General Manager for its flagship hotel The
Ashok, New Delhi.
Mr. Vijay Dutt has takes charge as General Manager, The
Ashok, New Delhi with nearly three decades of experience. Mr. Dutt is known for his excellent
leadership skills, innovative thinking and creative approach. With 28 years of
extensive experience, he brings a wealth of industry knowledge in the luxury
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) 72nd
Annual General Meeting (AGM) unanimously endorsed a resolution denouncing the
illegal trade in wildlife and wildlife products and pledging to partner with
government authorities and conservation organizations in the fight against the
traffickers of endangered animals.
âThe illegal wildlife trade threatens the survival of many
endangered species, the local communities and businesses ...
Tourism New Zealand organized a VIP familiarization trip for
Directors of 15 travel agencies from India in March 2016. Directors from six
agencies toured the North Island while the other nine toured the South Island
over seven days.
The regions of the North Island included Auckland, Tauranga
and Whakatane where the group enjoyed an array of activities such as Waimarino
Glow Worm Kayak Tour, Bay Explorer Island Cruises, Blowkarting, MataatuaMarae Experience, tour of The White
African Tourism, recently, hosted a delegation of 25Indian travel partners in
the country, giving them the opportunity to discover the various attractions
and hues of the Rainbow Nation. The travel partners were selected after the
successful completion of the Learn South Africa, a curated education and
awareness program for trade partners in India. Underlining the significance of
the Indian market for South Africa, consultants and partners from renowned
Indian travel firms across ke...
The worldâs most recognised hotel brand opens in Bangalore,
offering the brandâs renowned warmth and comfort
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHGÂŽ) hasopenedHoliday
InnÂŽ& Suites Bengaluru - the first Holiday Inn hotel in the Silicon Valley
of India. Located inWhitefield, the cityâs biggest IT hub, the 122-room Holiday
Inn & Sui...
by Susheela NairAs I stepped into the
Shangri-La Hotel, a doorman in his jewel-toned sherwani and brocade headdress
greeted me. Nine enormous cylindrical
chandeliers and imposing marble columns highlighted by wall sconces with
intricate motifs herald a welcome to the lobby. The sandstone wall installation
depicting a gold-stained palm le...
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