Modi's tourism push: E-visas result in 274% growth till June
The government's implementation of e-Tourist Visa has resulted in a growth of 274% in tourists arrivals during January-June 2016.
The total tourist arrivals grew to 4,71,909 on e-Tourist visas as compared to 1,26,214 during the same period last year.
The facility of an e-Tourist Visa is available for foreign tourists arriving at 16 airports in the country.
New Delhi Airport saw the maximum amount tourist arrivals at 1,99,276 who used e-Tourist visas. It was followed by Mumbai Airport with 95,921 tourist arrivals.
“Exclusive counters for the foreign tourists arriving on e-TVs are earmarked/installed at all the 16 airports where this facility is available,” said Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State (MoS) for Tourism.
The airport-wise FTAs on e-TVs during January-June 2016 are given below:
"Ministry of Tourism organises training in behavioural and communication skills through Indian Institute of Travel and Tourism Management (IITTM) for Immigration Officers posted at various airports handling the e-Tourist Visa (e-TV) Scheme. The number of Immigration Officers trained during 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 were 110, 190, 250 and 190, respectively,” said Sharma.