MEMBER LOGIN
Forgot password?
    • TOP STORIES
    • GALLERY
    • PHOTOS TODAY
  • 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 of Country

    1.                 Albania

    2.                 Andorra

    3.                 Anguilla

    4.                 Antigua & Barbuda

    5.                 Argentina

    6.                Armenia

    7.                Aruba

    8.                Australia

    9.                Austria

    10.              Bahamas

    11.              Barbados

    12.              Belgium

    13.              Belize

    14.              Bolivia

    15.              Bosnia & Herzegovina

    16.              Botswana

    17.              Brazil

    18.              Brunei

    19.              Bulgaria

    20.              Cambodia

    21.              Canada

    22.              Cape Verde

    23.              Cayman Island

    24.              Chile

    25.              China

    26.              China- SAR Hongkong

    27.              China- SAR Macau

    28.              Colombia

    29.              Comoros

    30.              Cook Islands

    31.              Costa Rica

    32.              Cote d'lvoire

    33.              Croatia

    34.              Cuba

    35.              Czech Republic

    36.              Denmark

    37.              Djibouti

    38.              Dominica

    39.              Dominican Republic

    40.              East Timor

    41.              Ecuador

    42.              El Salvador

    43.              Eritrea

    44.              Estonia

    45.              Fiji

    46.              Finland

    47.              France

    48.              Gabon

    49.              Gambia

    50.              Georgia

    51.              Germany

    52.              Ghana

    53.              Greece

    54.              Grenada

    55.              Guatemala

    56.              Guinea

    57.              Guyana

    58.              Haiti

    59.              Honduras

    60.              Hungary

    61.              Iceland

    62.              Indonesia

    63.              Ireland

    64.              Israel

    65.              Jamaica

    66.              Japan

    67.              Jordan

    68.              Kenya

    69.              Kiribati

    70.              Laos

    71.              Latvia

    72.              Lesotho

    73.              Liberia

    74.              Liechtenstein

    75.              Lithuania

    76.              Luxembourg

    77.              Madagascar

    78.              Malawi

    79.              Malaysia

    80.              Malta

    81.              Marshall Islands

    82.              Mauritius

    83.              Mexico

    84.              Micronesia

    85.              Moldova

    86.              Monaco

    87.              Mongolia

    88.              Montenegro

    89.              Montserrat

    90.              Mozambique

    91.              Myanmar

    92.              Namibia

    93.              Nauru

    94.              Netherlands

    95.              New Zealand

    96.              Nicaragua

    97.              Niue Island

    98.              Norway

    99.              Oman

    100.            Palau

    101.            Palestine

    102.            Panama

    103.            Papua New Guinea

    104.            Paraguay

    105.            Peru

    106.            Philippines

    107.            Poland

    108.            Portugal

    109.            Republic of Korea

    110.            Republic of Macedonia

    111.            Romania

    112.            Russia

    113.            Saint Christopher and Nevis

    114.            Saint Lucia

    115.            Saint Vincent & the Grenadines

    116.            Samoa

    117.            San Marino

    118.            Senegal

    119.            Serbia

    120.            Seychelles

    121.            Singapore

    122.            Slovakia

    123.            Slovenia

    124.            Solomon Islands

    125.            South Africa

    126.            Spain

    127.            Sri Lanka

    128.            Suriname

    129.            Swaziland

    130.            Sweden

    131.            Switzerland

    132.            Taiwan

    133.            Tajikistan

    134.            Tanzania

    135.            Thailand

    136.            Tonga

    137.            Trinidad & Tobago

    138.            Turks & Caicos Island

    139.            Tuvalu

    140.            UAE

    141.            Ukraine

    142.            United Kingdom

    143.            Uruguay

    144.            USA

    145.            Vanuatu

    146.            Vatican City-Holy See

    147.            Venezuela

    148.            Vietnam.

    149.            Zambia

    150.             Zimbabwe

    ...
  • 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’s 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’s 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 sectors.

    Mr. David Scowsill, President and CEO of WTTC, said: “Travel & Tourism’s 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.”

    Mr. Steve Killelea, Founder & Executive Chairman, IEP, said: “The 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.”

    ...
"image_1384506043.jpeg","image_1382369302.jpeg","image_1382360537.jpeg"
  • HEAD LINES
  • EDITOR'S WORD

266% Growth in Tourists arrival on E-Tourist Visa in April 2016

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 ...

More » More Stories »

Air Transport and Tourism to Grow Together

The 2013 UNWTO and WTM Ministers´ 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 tourism. 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 ... ?>...

Under Construction
Under Construction
Under Construction
Under Construction
TOURISM EDUCATION

Give Wings to Your Aviation Dreams

Speed Wings Aviation Academy: /Give Wings to Your Aviation DreamsSpeed wings aviation academy, a pioneer in aviation training, with two decades of legacy, experience and expertise got an endorsement from IATA and DGCA to provide training in cargo and DGR (dangerous good regulation). It is the only certified and authentic institute to give training in DGR. The IATA ratified Speed Wings to start their three new courses relating to DGA; IATA Unit lo ...
More »
NEWS

Miss Tourism of Maasai Mara in India

Miss 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. ...
More »
PRODUCTS LAUNCH

Iconic Indian Motorcycle® Vroom into the IT Capital of India, Bengaluru

2015 Ultra-luxurious Indian® Roadmaster™ and Indian® Chief Dark Horse® unveiledDealership in Bengaluru inaugurated by Mr. Scott Wine, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer; Mr. Bennett J. Morgan, President & Chief Operating Officer; and Mr. Michael Dougherty, Vice President - Asia Pacific & Latin America from Polaris Industries Inc.; and Mr. Pankaj Dubey, Managing Director, Polaris India Pvt. Ltd. Keys of the legendary Indian® ...
More »
ADVENTURE TRAVEL

INDIA TO HOST MANALI KHARDUNGLA CYCLING CHAMPIONSHIP

India is set to make its mark in the world cycling circuit with the Northern Escapes’ Manali Khardungla Cycling Championship \" 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 ...
More »
DESTINATION EXPERIENCE

MTDC TO REVIVE STATE’S FORT HISTORY

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 \" famous as a location to spot the migratory Flamingoes \" ...
More »
TRAVEL

Taiwan leads in Medical Tourism

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 ...
More »
DESTINATION MANAGERS

Kuoni - SOTClaunches in Prabhadevi&Margoa

Kuoni -SOTC, India’s 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 ...
More »
ART & CULTURE

Conversations and Salon@ Art Basel Hong Kong

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’s talks program in Hong Kong will again offer dynamic discussions between prominent figures of the international art world. Featured artists include Nadim Abbas, Chim↑Pom, Chow Chun Fai, Chu Hing Wah, Fiona Hall, Kwan Sheung Chi, Lam Tun ...
More »
HOTELS PROMOTIONS

THE LEELA LAUNCHES CRICKET SERIES WITH GUJARAT TRADE PARTNERS

THE LEELA LAUNCHES THE FIRST EVER PREMIER LEAGUE CRICKET SERIES WITH GUJARAT TRADE PARTNERS  The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts, one of India’s leading luxury hospitality group, announced the launch of its first edition of “The Leela Gujarat Premier League”, a unique cricket property to celebrate the Group’s partnership with its esteemed trade partners.  The special floodlit evening at Umiya Farms, Ahmedabad, saw ...
More »
ENTERTAINMENT

THALAIVAR STORMS ON TO TWITTER

SUPERSTAR RAJINIKANTH PARTNERS WITH FLUENCE TO MANAGE HIS DIGITAL PRESENCE DEBUTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA WITH TWITTER One of India’s most prolific and influential superstars, the inimitable Rajinikanth, makes his much awaited debut on Twitter today ( 05.05.2014). This also marks the superstar’s debut in the digital space. CA Media Digital’s first venture, Fluence - India’s leading celebrity digital network, will manage Rajinikanth’s ...
More »
TRAVEL EVENTS

MEETINGS draws record number of exhibitors

A record number of exhibitors have registered for the business events industry’s 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 ...
More »
TECHNOLOGY

CHINA INTRODUCES SMART CARDS

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 ...
More »
AWARDS

HolidayIQ announces superior Holiday Awards

HolidayIQ, India’s 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 ...
More »
HOSPITALITY TRENDS

DINNER IN THE SKY IN BRUSSELS

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 ...
More »
CRUISES

FIFA WORLD CUP COCA-COLA PARTY @ ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISES

ROYAL CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL TO HOST THE ONLY COCA-COLA PARTY AT SEA CELEBRATING THE 2014 FIFA WORLD CUP Fútbol, 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.  ...
More »
HOSPITALITY

TRADITIONAL LEGACY AT SPRING DALE

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 \" Kumily. Spring Dale Heritage provides a complete range of premium services and traditional ambience. Dr. Thomas Rony, Director of Spring Dale Hotels & Resorts said, “Spring Dale Heritage dr ...
More »
Hotels

UDS Kovalam & La Classic Bengaluru shies @ World Luxury Hotel Awards

Once again the World Luxury Ho­tel Awards turned the spotlight on some of the world’s most sought after hotels, lodges, resorts & private islands as they scooped the world’s 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 Interna­tional Airport ...
More »
Appointment

Vijay Dutt new GM of ITDC Ashok, New Delhi.

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 hotel segment.  ...
More »
Airline News

Global Aviation : 5.3% Growth in March

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. ...
More »
Destination Review
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 Islan...
More »
South 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...
More »

Holiday Inn makes its debut in the Silicon Valley of India

The world’s most recognised hotel brand opens in Bangalore, offering the brand’s renowned warmth and comfort InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®) hasopenedHoliday Inn®& Suites Bengaluru - the first Holiday Inn hotel in the Silicon Valley of India. Located inWhitefield, the city’s biggest IT hub, the 122-room Holiday Inn & Sui...

More »

‘Hospitality from the Heart’- Shangri-La Hotel, Bengaluru

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...

More »