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%.
Tourism has won two prestigious PATA Gold awards 2016 in Marketing Media categories
for its Kerala Tourism E-Newsletter and Visit Kerala Broad cast campaigns,
which was announced at Bangkok by Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA).
Hotels, Sri Lanka will receive the PATA Grand Award for Education and Training
for its âA Journey of Hope and Progress by the Jetwing Youth Development
Projectâ and Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, for its âSands ECO360Â°â in the
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 ...
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Dr. Polly Mathew Somatheeram - Pioneer of
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Dr. Polly was our dearest friend and well
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Agra Partner with RezNext for Revenue Management Services
RezNext the worldâs only true real-time enterprise
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World Travel Market (WTM), the leading global event for the
travel industry, is inviting the industryâs most senior buyers to apply for
Buyersâ Club membership for WTM 2014, scheduled tol be held at Excell, London
from Nov 3rd to 6th, 2014,.
WTM Buyersâ Club -
the leading global business network: making contacts, concluding deals - is
World Travel Marketâs exclusive business club for the travel industryâs most
senior buye ...
ÂˇAmadeus partners with Bangkok Startup
Weekend 2015 as part of Amadeus NEXT
Âˇ The 54-hour
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improve the future of travel in Asia Pacific
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smart mobile device in nearly every hand, travellers are well-informed and
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boost to Indian Incentive Industry
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members in over 90 countries, will be holding the SITE Global Conference 2015
in New Delhi at the Taj Palace from 23-25 October 2015.
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green fields and has beautiful views of the snow-capped peaks of the Stok range
and the Shanti Stupa. The hotel has 1 Deluxe, 3 wood
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achieved international acclaim at the Century InterÂnational Quality ERA
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and was well attended by distinguished business representatives and also
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Novotel Hyderabad Airport
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2015. With annual growth of 18.8% (in a market of 80 million domestic
passengers), Indiaâs performance surpassed that of Russia (11.9% growth, in a
market of 47 million domestic passengers), China (9.7% growth, in a market of
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all over the world.
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