In­dia is poised to re­ceive 1.1bn tourists in 3 years

Presently In­dia re­ceives about 7 mil­lion for­eign tourists an­nu­ally and the tar­get is to get one per cent share of the global tourist ar­rivals which is around 1.1 bil­lion in three years, says Dr Ma­hesh Sharma, Min­is­ter of State for Tourism.

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Tourism con­tin­ues to be one of the most im­por­tant so­cio-eco­nomic ac­tiv­i­ties glob­ally and it is very rel­e­vant for In­dia’s econ­omy as well. An

` in­vest­ment of 10 lakh gen­er­ates 18 jobs in agri­cul­ture, 45 jobs in man­u­fac­tur­ing and 78 jobs in the tourism sec­tor hence tourism plays an im­por­tant com­po­nent in the so­cio-eco­nomic devel­op­ment of the coun­try.

Dr. Ma­hesh Sharma, Min­is­ter of State for Tourism, Cul­ture and Civil Avi­a­tion says that In­dia is poised to re­ceive one per cent of global tourists in three years. Dis­cussing this at Dr. Sharma says, “Presently, In­dia re­ceives about 7 mil­lion for­eign tourists an­nu­ally and the tar­get is to get one per cent share of the global tourist ar­rivals which is around 1.1 bil­lion in three years. The Union Gov­ern­ment in­tro­duced Elec­tronic Travel Au­tho­riza­tion (ETA) for 43 coun­tries on 27th Novem­ber, 2014, look­ing at the progress of this.” Dr. Sharma adds, “In the last five weeks, the to­tal num­ber of visas is­sued on­line has crossed the fig­ure of 22,179. Th­ese 43 coun­tries cov­ered about 42 per cent of the source mar­ket for In­dian Tourism at the world level and Min­istry of Home Af­fairs has been re­quested to in­clude China, UK, France, Ger­many, Spain and Italy also in this list of ETA coun­tries. Th­ese coun­tries would bring in 20 per cent of world tourism mar­ket for In­dia.”

Dr Ma­hesh Sharma Min­is­ter of State for Tourism (I/C)

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