India is the world’s largest democracy. A system of government wherein the people are supreme stakeholders started way back on 15th August 1947 is being upheld by the citizens of today. India has been through its share of ups and downs but has come back to clear all obstacles:
We can also compare the parameters related to Inbound tourism in India during the same period:
This shows that India has been improving on various parameters by leaps and bounds. However, it still contributes only 0.68% to Global International tourist arrival. India’s rank in International Tourist arrival is a paltry 40th and share of India’s International Tourism receipts is 1.7%.
For a country that boasts of 70 years of democracy, 9000 years of cultural history, birth of 4 major religions, is the land of great thinkers and philosophers has a paltry performance on Global FTA’s. With the current scenario of security concerns, it is getting more difficult for women travelers to come to India and especially the capital city.
Many a times, travelers are unaware about suitable Bed and Breakfast accommodations, have to put up in shady areas of Delhi and other metropolitan cities. Though such places are a convenient option for them to head to Agra and Jaipur but give a bad impression about the city. One of such places is paharganj in delhi and Paharganj is unsafe as well as there are loads of unregistered hotels and guesthouses. Theft and molestation cases are rampant. In such a scenario, had the tourist been aware of Bed and Breakfast accommodation, they would have been 100 times safe and would have got money of their worth!
Current status of Tourism in India
India has been encouraging tourists by various means. Be it E-Visa scheme or GST (that smoothens the tax structure) or Demonetisation (which shows India in a positive light) or Tourist police or other relevant schemes. However, there is a role we citizens have to undertake in order to increase tourist arrival in India.
Let’s take a pledge
On this day, let’s take a pledge to make foreign travelers feel free and happy in India:
- Not to harass foreign travelers
- Not to overcharge foreign travelers for each purchase
- Help local handicrafts makers earn money rather emporium owners
- Keep our cities clean by not littering around
- Stay in a homestay rather than a hotel
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