India’s visa on arrival scheme for tourists registered 63% growth in March 2013
The Visa on Arrival scheme by Government of India is surely benefitting the foreign tourists. During March 2013, this VISA scheme favoured 2,107 tourists upon arrival in India. If we compare it with the last year trends, the scheme registered 63% growth in tourist arrivals.
Japanese tourists received the highest number of VoA’s in the first quarter of the year. Following Japan were New Zealand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Finland, Luxembourg, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar and Lao. This is a continuation of good trend for tourism industry, which if persistently followed will contribute to the growth of Incredible India.
Visa on Arrival in Goa, Kochi, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Thiruvananthapuram
Towards the end of this month, the Indian administration announced the extension of Tourist Visa on Arrival facility at five new tourist destinations. These include the most frequented Goa, Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi in Kerala, Bengaluru in Karnataka and Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh.
Also, tourists coming in groups of four or more can avail Group Visa on Arrival, officially referred as Collective Landing Permit. To avail the benefits, tourists sponsored by approved travel agents are required to apply online and send the information about their arrival to immigration offices prior to 72 hrs of their arrival in advance.
The tourist groups can enter India from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Amritsar, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Calicut, Goa and Lucknow. Both these initiatives are a result of providing liberal visa regime in order to encourage tourism.
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India is Safe for Tourists
The Union Ministry of Tourism is persistently working towards tourist security in India. For this purpose, MoT has formally adopted a Code of Conduct for ‘Safe & Honourable Tourism’. This guideline encourages tourism in India with respect to basic rights like dignity, safety of both tourists and local residents, in particular, women and children.
The code is standardized for the entire tourism industry and hospitality sectors active in India. In addition to this, the Public Order and Police are also continuously working towards the safety of tourists. The formation of Special Tourist Police by Ministry of Tourism is also on the cards. Even travel associations like ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents) India are addressing the need of tourist safety through seminars and workshops. All these initiatives aim to provide a safe environment for domestic and international tourists.
Fairs and Festivals
Buddha Poornima – The month of May holds prime importance in India for the celebration of Lord Buddha’s birth. This year, the pious occasion will be celebrated on May 25th, 2013, inviting many pilgrims to the Buddhist Pilgrimage and take inspiration from the awakened one. Pilgrims gather in large numbers at Bodhgaya, Sarnath, Kushinagar and Lumbini to commemorate the occasion.
International Flower Festival, Gangtok, Sikkim – This is a rare show of exotic flowering plants found in Sikkim, including almost 500 varieties of Orchids.