Travel Trade Journal

Dipak Deva Managing Director, Travel Corporatio­n of India


We heartily welcome the government’s announceme­nt on the restart of tourist visa issuance by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for internatio­nal guests travelling to India starting October 15, 2021 (charter flights) and from November 15, 2021, for regular commercial flights. This coupled with the earlier announceme­nt of free visas for the first five lakh inbound tourists, is a critical move that will give fillip and accelerate a muchneeded revival of inbound tourism - a sector that plays a critical role, with over nine per cent contributi­on to India’s GDP and US$30 billion in net foreign exchange receipts; equally a force multiplier in terms of employment generation and skill developmen­t across allied sectors.

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