During the year 2022 India received 6.19 million Foreign Tourist Arrivals: GOI

Amalendu Upadhyaya
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India received 6.19 million Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in 2022 as compared to 1.52 million during the same period in 2021.

New Delhi, 7th April 2023: There were 10.93 million Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India during the pre-pandemic year 2019. Tourism Industry has shown good signs of revival after the Covid-19 pandemic. According to the latest information received from the Bureau of Immigration, India received 6.19 million Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) during 2022 as compared to 1.52 million during the same period of 2021.

This reply was given by Minister of Culture, Tourism and Development of North-Eastern Region G Kishan Reddy in Rajya Sabha yesterday.

Ministry of Tourism, Government of India under its Schemes of Swadesh Darshan, PRASHAD and Assistance to Central Agencies, provides central financial assistance to State Governments/ Union Territories/Central Agencies for the development of tourism-related infrastructure and facilities in the country to provide an enriching tourism experience to visitors in a planned and phased manner.

The Ministry of Tourism has set up a 24×7 Multi-Lingual Tourist Info-Helpline on the toll-free number 1800111363 or on a short code 1363 in 12 Languages including 10 international languages (German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic), Hindi & English for domestic and foreign tourists to provide support service in term of information relating to Travel in India and to offer appropriate guidance to tourists in distress while travelling in India.

Reddy told that the Ministry of Tourism has taken several initiatives to give a boost to the tourism sector in the country and to increase foreign tourist arrivals, details of which are:

i.          Launched the Dekho Apna Desh initiative with the objective of creating awareness among the citizens about the rich heritage and culture of the country and encouraging citizens to travel within the country.

ii.         Conducting Programmes under the ‘Capacity Building for Service Providers’ (CBSP) Scheme to train and upgrade manpower to provide better service standards.

iii.        Launched Incredible India Tourist Facilitator Certification Programme, a digital initiative that aims at creating an online learning platform with the objective of creating a pool of well-trained professional tourist facilitators across the country to support tourists.

iv.        24×7 toll-free Multi-Lingual Tourist Helpline.

v.         Providing the facility of e-Visa for 5 sub-categories i.e. e-Tourist visa, e-Business visa, e-Medical visa, e-Medical Attendant visa and e-Conference visa for nationals of 166 countries.

vi.        E-Visa has been further liberalized and the visa fee has been substantially reduced.

vii.       New mountain peaks have been opened for Mountaineering/Trekking to give a boost to adventure tourism in the country.

viii.      Lowering of GST on hotel rooms with tariffs of ₹1,001  to ₹7,500/night to 12%; those above ₹7,501 to 18% to increase India’s competitiveness as a tourism destination.

ix.        On the recommendation of the Ministry of Tourism, 59 tourism routes have been awarded to the identified airlines by the Ministry of Civil Aviation under the RCS UDAN Scheme, for which the Ministry of Tourism extends financial support in form of VGF (Viability Gap Funding). 51 of these routes have been operationalized to date.

x.         In order to boost visitor arrival, the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India has declared “Incredible India! Visit India Year 2023”.

G20 meetings are being held at 55 destinations throughout the country. The infrastructure at these cities are being augmented and upgraded for the G20 meetings.

Tourism offerings are being highlighted in run-up to these meetings. Excursion of Delegates is also organised to nearby tourist attractions. The effort is being made to make G20 Delegates visiting these destinations are going back to their countries as tourism ambassadors. Important tourism sites and facilities are being upgraded to international standards.

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