Building Incredible !ndia
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has recently launched Group Landing Permit facility which can now also be extended to the crew members of charter planes, or cruise ships. reports…
As per Usha Sharma, Additional Director General, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, work is underway to build a truly ‘incredible’ website. The USP of the website will be its ability to cater to travellers’ needs starting from planning to last mile connec-
We have already started giving links to stakeholders including travel agents, tour operators, airlines, and hotels to name a few
tivity. It will be completed in the next 8-10 months. “We have already started giving links to stakeholders in the travel and tourism industry including travel agents, tour operators, airlines, and hotels to name a few. In fact, the feedback received so far suggests that some of the tour operators have already started doing good business,” said Sharma on the sidelines of the IATO Convention in Kochi. “The website will be able to assist all needs of travellers starting from the planning stage till the time they return to their native places,” she added. Going forward, she
said that the inbound
operators need to look at all possible opportunities, especially when the economy is believed to be slowing down. “In the present scenario, the fall in value of rupee needs to be converted into an opportunity to attract incremental number of foreign tourists to our shores,” she said. “Foreign tourists will now even find the luxurious packages to India at least 20 per cent more affordable. The trade should capitalise on this opportunity to earn as much foreign exchange for the country as possible, which will do larger good to our economy,” she added.
The Ministry of Tourism is also putting its best efforts to make the visa procedures hassle-free and more inviting. “Our minister had held elaborate discussions with the Union Minister of Home Affairs and even briefed the Prime Minister on the need to extend Visa-on-Arrival facility to at least 40 countries identified by MOT. We have already extended this facility to four new airports,” said Sharma.
“The Group Landing permit will also play an important role in attracting more foreign tourists, especially once it’s simplified further. An important development in this regard is the grant of this facility to even the crew members of the charter planes, or the cruise ships, which had been approved by MHA recently,” she added.
Usha Sharma Additional Director General Ministry of Tourism