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Tourism Catapulting India To The Top Rungs And Boosting The Economy Like Never Before!

Updated on August 21, 2015

Tourism, the word itself conjures up images of people taking leisurely journeys outside their local state or even out of their country. The world itself has become an oyster, a central point of all coming together, united in knowing each other’s famous monuments, culture, eating habits…all thanks to tourism. Genuine tourism can be defined as travelling in a responsible manner and style to places of interest. A fresh approach to tourism is provided by adding the eco-friendly twist to all travel adventures.

Indian Tourism
Indian Tourism | Source

Tourism Answering Many Economic and Social Challenges!

A great impetus is created in several fields when tourism develops in any country or state. When you observe the advantages achieved, the list is endless.

  • First it enhances the image of a place and propels it high up on the world map. All over the world the particular country, state, or region becomes famous as a tourist spot, a must visit place.

  • Gainful employment is got by the people due to the numerous vistas thrown open by the tourists flocking to a particular place. We find suddenly hotels and restaurants cropping up and there is requirement of staff in them. Tourist guides and travel agencies mushroom. Makemytrip.com portal is an example .This naturally creates a number of opportunities for fruitful employment. Plus local industries boom.

  • When tourists come to a place they spend a lot of money not only for traveling but for buying all the requirements too. Namely food, souvenirs, clothes and local delicacies. This way tourism injects money into the local economy.

  • In addition to ushering in prosperity for that particular place, there mushrooms an additional source of income for all. During lean periods within local businesses, tourism acts as a saviour, bringing in extra money.

  • The building up of infrastructure is one of the most practical and obvious results of tourism coming of age. Because of the influx of tourists in a place, the roads are built, heritage sites are maintained getting the green signal from the respective government. Public utility works like hospitals, airports schools colleges are built.

  • Nowadays, environmental issues are very high on the public agenda. A fresh perspective which the tourism industry is looking at is offering all environment friendly services to travellers who come to any place. The locals preserve their environment by saying no to plastic bags, encouraging local ways of cooking and disposing off the garbage and going back to nature mantra. This helps in nature as well as environment conservation giving encouragement to travellers to follow the rules and regulations of keeping the place neat and clean

  • Creation of fresh opportunities is something which is always on the agenda of these locals who see tourists as potential buyers of their products and services. Observing this trend, even the government has put up services namely Irctc.co.in, which efficiently looks after the catering, tourism and online ticketing operations of the Indian railways.

It’s Raining Benefits For The Indian Economy!

This colourful land of unmatchable beauty, India, which is home to numerous rich travel destinations, beckons tourists. This has resulted in marked improvement in the development of the Indian economy. The travel and tourism industry is actually responsible for 6.1 of India’s gross domestic product. It is responsible for impacting 26 million citizens. The annual growth rate in India was 24.6 per cent all thanks to tourism, plus it provided gainful employment to millions of people.

India Has Arrived With A Bang!

India has made its presence felt on the tourism scene in a big, big way. The preceding three years prove a lot. India’s foreign tourist list is growing. There are more and more foreign tourists arriving here every year.

Foreign Tourist Arrivals India

Month
Foreign Tourist Arrivals (Nos.)
Foreign Tourist Arrivals (Nos.)
Foreign Tourist Arrivals (Nos.)
Percentage Change
Percentage Change
 
2012
2013
2014 (*)
2013/12
2014/13
January
6,81,002
7,20,321
7,59,515
5.8%
5.4%
February
6,81,193
6,88,569
7,57,516
1.1%
10.0%
March
6,06,456
6,39,530
6,92,735
5.5%
8.3%
April
4,47,581
4,50,580
5,37,042
0.7%
19.2%
May
3,74,476
4,17,453
4,67,725
11.5%
12.0%
June
4,33,390
4,51,223
5,04,506
4.1%
11.8%
July
4,85,808
5,06,427
5,71,900
4.2%
12.9%
August
4,45,632
4,86,338
5,78,335
9.1%
18.9%
September
4,11,562
4,53,561
5,12,079
10.2%
12.9%
October
5,56,488
5,98,095
6,69,259
7.5%
11.9%
November
7,01,185
7,33,923
7,66,690
4.7%
4.5%
December
7,52,972
8,21,581
8,86,084
9.1%
7.9%
Total
65,77,745
69,67,601
77,03,386
5.9%
10.6%
Foreign Tourist Arrivals in India from 2012 - 2014

Indian Government is now earning in crores all thanks to tourism which has grown in leaps and bounds.

Foreign Exchange Earnings (in Rs. Crore)

Month
Foreign Exchange Earnings (in Rs. crore)
Foreign Exchange Earnings (in Rs. crore)
Foreign Exchange Earnings (in Rs. crore)
Percentage Change
Foreign Exchange Earnings (in Rs. crore)
 
2012
2013 # 2
2014 # 1
2013/12
2014/13
 
 
 
 
 
 
January
8623
10785
11082
25.1%
2.8%
February
8502
10255
11239
20.6%
9.6%
March
7843
9545
10152
21.7%
6.4%
April
6745
7226
8645
7.1%
19.6%
May
5562
6627
7184
19.1%
8.4%
June
6485
7149
8458
10.2%
18.3%
July
8389
8620
10336
2.8%
19.9%
August
7260
8351
10254
15.0%
22.8%
September
6652
7811
8810
17.4%
12.8%
October
8154
8645
9847
6.0%
13.9%
November
9723
10663
11201
9.7%
5.0%
December
10549
11994
12875
13.7%
7.3%
Total
94487
1,07,671
1,20,083
14.0%
11.5%
Foreign Exchange Earnings

Ministry of Tourism Making India A Dream Destination!

The Ministry of Tourism is doing everything possible to make India the dream destination internationally. Tourism is being promoted full-scale. With the help of its 14 offices all over the world, the agency is going full steam for the approval of hotels, travel agents. Here, mention can be made of Expedia.co.in which gives good concessions to travellers across the globe. Complaints, tourist issues, latest developments in visa securing, are all looked into keenly and taken care of in the best way possible.

Ministry of Tourism
Ministry of Tourism | Source

Visit Easy With Easy E-Visa’s!

Travelling abroad got just a little easier, with Tourist Visa on arrival endeavour, programme. Nearly 40 countries stand to gain through this unique scheme, where a 30 day visit is given at the airport itself on arrival at the country of choice. This e-visa facility works fabulously for travel, business, medical treatment or just a visit. The online application process just 4 days prior to arrival at the country of your choice, makes it all the more attractive!

Indian Hospitality Campaigns Making Heads Turn And Getting Tickets Booked!

The Ministry of Tourism enthusiastically has got into advertising India as the greatest of tourist destinations with the help of campaigns like Athithi Devo bhava, Clean India and Hunar Se Rozgaar. The present government is leaving no stone unturned to make India into Incredible India! All these efforts are undertaken, electronically at international levels during International film or sports festivals or events.

The Charm of Bollywood Works Magic!

Being well-aware that India lives and breathes Bollywood at every step the government has very smartly employed Bollywood actors and actresses as brand ambassadors for promoting tourism. The Atithi Devo Bhava creates magic and has worked wonders!

OTA’s Designing the Future Of Tourism

It is here we come to the term OTA’s-meaning online travel agencies. With this current phase of, no time to go personally for booking your travel tickets, the OTA’s have come into existence. Cleartrip.com is one such example that is making huge inroads into the revenue of tourism by providing mobile apps for easy online booking of all your travel needs . The world of tourism has just taken a dramatic turn in tune with dynamic pricing and competitive offers. The traveller is now the King!

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