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%.
Sr. No. Name
4.Antigua & Barbuda
15.Bosnia & Herzegovina
26.China- SAR Hongkong
27.China- SAR Macau
103.Papua New Guinea
109.Republic of Korea
110.Republic of Macedonia
113.Saint Christopher and Nevis
115.Saint Vincent & the Grenadines
137.Trinidad & Tobago
138.Turks & Caicos Island
146.Vatican City-Holy See
With terror and security scares against tourists filling
many headlines in the past few months, the World Travel & Tourism Council
(WTTC) has released a new research report quantifying for the first time the
links between tourism and peace.
While Travel & Tourism has often been recognised for its
ability to drive peace, security, and understanding, to date, there has been
little empirical evidence to support this link.
The report, Tourism as a Driver for Peace, conducted with
the Institute of Economics and Peace (IEP), the world‚Äôs pre-eminent think tank
measuring peace, shows how important an open and sustainable tourism sector can
be for the levels of peace in a country.
Countries with more open and sustainable tourism sectors*
have higher levels of peace and lower levels of conflict and violence.
Increases in tourism sustainability can lead to improvements in the functioning
of governments. As governments respond
to tourism demand and create a welcoming environment for further tourism
expansion, this ultimately increases future peace, the report states.
Over the last decade the world has become increasingly
unequal in terms of its levels of peacefulness, with the most peaceful countries
enjoying increasing levels of peace and prosperity, while the least peaceful
countries are facing greater levels of violence and conflict.
This research shows that the more sustainable and open a
country‚Äôs tourism sector, the less peace levels have declined. Even in conflict
affected countries, all of which saw their levels of peace drop in the period
between 2008 and 2015, those that had more open and sustainable tourism saw a
significantly lower drop in peace than countries with less sustainable tourism
Mr. David Scowsill, President and CEO of WTTC, said: ‚ÄúTravel
& Tourism‚Äôs economic impact is now well established and widely recognised,
and governments around the world are increasingly looking to the sector to
provide livelihoods and jobs, and drive economic development. However, the benefits of tourism as a force
for good, its ability to bring peace, security, and understanding have been
harder to quantify. I am delighted that this research now shows that Travel
& Tourism does have a strong link to creating peaceful societies.
In a world of increasing risk and security concerns, this
research is compelling evidence of why governments should continue to focus on
tourism development for the good of their people, and make policy decisions
that balance the safety of their citizens with the continued facilitation of
travel for business and leisure purposes.‚ÄĚ
Mr. Steve Killelea, Founder & Executive Chairman, IEP,
said: ‚ÄúThe data shows how tourism and peace can support each other and increase
societal resilience, prosperity, and peace in the long term. This also shows
how the tourism sector is one of the key areas in which the private sector can
play a positive and tangible role in contributing to global peace.‚ÄĚ
266% Growth in Tourists arrival on E-Tourist Visa in April
2016 over the same period in 2015
UK continues to occupy top slot followed by USA and Russian
federation amongst the countries
availing E-Tourist Visa facility during April 2016
A total of 70,045 tourists arrived in April 2016 on
e-Tourist Visa as compared to 19,139 during the month of April 2015 registering
a growth of 266%.
Commencing from 27th November 2014 e-Tourist Visa facility
was available until 25th Febru ...
The 2013 UNWTO and WTM Ministers¬ī
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 ...
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Tourism of Maasai Mara Stephanie Naserian Dikirr Visited India to Unveil TV
actress Sangita recently organized wildlife photography exhibition in Mumbai.
The exhibition featured a collection of some of the best wildlife photographs
that Joshi clicked on her recent trips to Kenya. Miss Kenya Tourism Stephanie
Naserian Dikirr of Maasai Mara came all the way to inaugurate this exhibition
as a special gesture of friendship to Ms. Joshi. ...
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India is set to make its mark in the world cycling circuit
with the Northern Escapes‚Äô Manali Khardungla Cycling Championship ‚Ä\" 2014
Whereas in countries like Germany, Italy, Belgium, Netherland, USA people are
crazy about cycling as a sport, India had till sometime back, completely lacked
taking interest in the sport. But, recently there has been a sea-change in the
interest levels and more and more people have taken up cycling on a regu ...
The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) has
planned to revive the iconic Sewri Fort in Mumbai as a pilot project. The
success of the project could be replicated to all other forts which are not by
the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) or the state directorate.
A proposal to revive tourism and to attract more tourists,
at a cost of Rs. 11 crores at Sewri Fort ‚Ä\" famous as a location to spot the
migratory Flamingoes ‚Ä\" ...
Taiwan, which has most advanced medical
technologies and highly educated and professional health professionals, is
wooing tourists for medical care.Every year, Taiwan's medical tourism
attracts a number of tourists from all over the world. The state-of-the-art
medical facilities and impressive health care services have led to the booming
field of health care in Taiwan.In 2007, IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook
ranked Taiwan in 13th pl ...
Kuoni -SOTC, India‚Äôs leading Tour Operator, has announced
the launch of its new outlets in Prabhadevi, a small up-scale southern
neighbourhood of Mumbai and at Margoa, a bustling commercial centre and
cultural capital of the Indian state of Goa.
A thriving residential district, situated near a major
landmark, the Siddhivinayak Temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha, Prabhadevi
attracts hundreds of devotees every day.
The PrabhadeviStore wa ...
Conversations and Salon: Art Basel announces details of its
talks program in Hong Kong
Bringing together leading artists, curators, gallerists,
collectors, and critics from across the world, Art Basel‚Äôs talks program in
Hong Kong will again offer dynamic discussions between prominent figures of the
international art world. Featured artists include Nadim Abbas, Chim‚ÜĎPom, Chow
Chun Fai, Chu Hing Wah, Fiona Hall, Kwan Sheung Chi, Lam Tun ...
THE LEELA LAUNCHES THE FIRST EVER PREMIER LEAGUE CRICKET
SERIES WITH GUJARAT TRADE PARTNERS
The Leela Palaces,
Hotels and Resorts, one of India‚Äôs leading luxury hospitality group, announced
the launch of its first edition of ‚ÄúThe Leela Gujarat Premier League‚ÄĚ, a unique
cricket property to celebrate the Group‚Äôs partnership with its esteemed trade
The special floodlit
evening at Umiya Farms, Ahmedabad, saw ...
SUPERSTAR RAJINIKANTH PARTNERS WITH FLUENCE TO MANAGE HIS
DEBUTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA WITH TWITTER
One of India‚Äôs most prolific and influential superstars, the
inimitable Rajinikanth, makes his much awaited debut on Twitter today (
05.05.2014). This also marks the superstar‚Äôs debut in the digital space. CA
Media Digital‚Äôs first venture, Fluence - India‚Äôs leading celebrity digital
network, will manage Rajinikanth‚Äôs ...
A record number of exhibitors have registered for the
business events industry‚Äôs premier trade show MEETINGS. More
than 180 exhibitors from all over New Zealand will be ready to book business at
the Auckland ASB Show grounds when MEETINGS 2014 opens on June 18.
Among them are several newcomers to the business events
industry, including Wanaka-based Peak Functions and Auckland-based Team Up
Events. Team Up Events has only been in busines ...
China will issue smart cards to gradually replace current
paper permits for those commuting between the mainland and Hong Kong and Macao.
The Ministry of Public Security will launch a pilot programme in Guangdong
province in south China adjacent to Hong Kong and Macao and applications for
the permit open starting May 20. Similar to an e-passport and permit has an
integrated circuit chip containing personal information, fingerprints and entry ...
largest travel community announced the best in Indian travel and tourism at The
Better Holiday Awards recently. This annual tourism award has been
established to celebrate the sheer beauty in diversity that India offers and
equally importantly acknowledges the role of the Indian traveller that is
driving Indian tourism like never before.
The award ceremony was
attended by a host of dignitaries including Mr. Suresh Pr ...
This is a unique event meant
for anyone who wishes to transform an ordinary meal or meeting into a magical
moment that will leave a lasting impression on their guests!Dinner in the Sky
is hosted at a table suspended at a height of 50 metres, by a team of
professionals. As shown in the 2014 Michelin Guide, Brussels has become an
essential part of the European gastronomic scene. With its 19 starred restaurants,
Brussels stands at a good posit ...
ROYAL CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL TO HOST THE ONLY COCA-COLA
PARTY AT SEA CELEBRATING THE 2014 FIFA WORLD CUP
F√ļtbol, Football, Soccer Matches to be Broadcast Fleet-wide
Throughout June and July 2014
Royal Caribbean International today announced a partnership
with Coca-Cola to bring the excitement of the most prestigious soccer
competition in the world to its fleet with The Coca-Cola Party at Sea
celebrating the 2014 FIFA World Cup. ...
Another resort has come up to grace the pristine location of
Thekkady, Kerala. Spring Dale Hotels & Resorts, unveiled its premium brand
of Resort, Spring Dale Heritage. Located on the banks of the Periyar River,
just 12 kms from Thekkady ‚Ä\" Kumily. Spring Dale Heritage provides a complete
range of premium services and traditional ambience.
Dr. Thomas Rony, Director of Spring Dale Hotels &
Resorts said, ‚ÄúSpring Dale Heritage dr ...
Once again the World Luxury Ho¬≠tel Awards turned the
spotlight on some of the world‚Äôs most sought after hotels, lodges, resorts
& private islands as they scooped the world‚Äôs most prestigious honors for
luxury hotels and several luxury hotel from India crowned the glory along with
their counter parts from across the world at the annual red-carpet Gala event
hosted by the world-renowned Pan Pacific Kuala Lumpur Interna¬≠tional Airport ...
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) announced
global passenger traffic results for March showing that demand (measured in
revenue passenger kilometers, or RPKs) rose 5.3%, compared to the same month
last year. Capacity grew slightly faster at 5.9% which pushed the average load
factor down by half a percentage point to 79.6%.
March performance shows a moderate slowdown on the
year-on-year growth rates recorded in January (7. ...
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 world‚Äôs most recognised hotel brand opens in Bangalore,
offering the brand‚Äôs renowned warmth and comfort
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG¬ģ) hasopenedHoliday
Inn¬ģ& Suites Bengaluru - the first Holiday Inn hotel in the Silicon Valley
of India. Located inWhitefield, the city‚Äôs 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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