Hey folks, I am glad to bring to you recent important updates on Indian tourism sector at macro-level so that you can plan your travel better! This time I’ll be shedding light on Revised E-Visa scheme in India!
Tourism scenario in India
We all know that in India, tourism is an engine of growth and a prominent source of Foreign Exchange. E-Visa or Visa-on-Arrival scheme was launched in 2014. It grew in popularity in a short span of time, it became an instant hit and led to 1200% increase in FTA. However, the Demonetization drive badly hit the tourism sector as was explained by us in an earlier post: https://goo.gl/TFPd6P.
The government of India has recently decided to overhaul E-Visa scheme with an aim at bringing in more tourists for medical, business and leisure purpose!
Following are the details:
- The government of India will grant Business and Medical E-Visa within 48 hours of application for urgent requests.
- Separate immigration counters and facilitation centers for Medical Visa made available at 6 airports, including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata etc.
- Earlier, E-Visa facility was available at 16 airports and 3 ports (Cochin, Goa, and Mangalore). However, now, one can avail E-visa facility at 24 airports and 3 ports.
Now, you must be wondering why does a Bed and Breakfast aggregator care about the e-Visa policy changes. Well, it is for the simple reason that most of the categories of E-Visa that have been altered or created are best served by Indian families hosting the foreign travelers in Indian homes! We know of well-hosted and well-hosted Bed and Breakfast rooms for medical patients near prominent hospitals of Delhi like the Apollo, Max etc. Once a traveler stays in these homes and experiences the hospitality and warmth of the hosts, they never like booking a hotel!
Why are BnB’s the ideal choice?
If you are visiting India to pursue a course or to get medical treatment, Bed and Breakfast rooms are an ideal choice for you. These homes let interns interact with the host over Breakfast. Furthermore, the group completes assignments on time! Sometimes, the host lets the attendees of the medical patient their host country dishes keep the patient comfortable. Sometimes, we have seen that the host cooks dishes and teaches the guests how to cook an Indian dish. Many travelers have learnt to cook Chicken Tikka Masala! Would you like to stay with an Indian family and observe them going out of the way to keep you comfortable? We assure you that Indians make brilliant hosts, may be the best hosts in the world. For them, a guest is a form of God in consonance with the adage “Atithi Devo Bhavah”!
In our opinion, the revised E-Visa scheme shall give an impetus to the tourism sector in India. It shall encourage the travelers to take the plunge and visit India! What is your take? Do you think, Foreign tourists ke ‘achhe din aa gaye’?
(Technical inputs by Dr. GG Saxena, Mentor, BnBNation)
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