India to introduce electronic visa facility this year

Mar 20 2014, 19:13 IST
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SummaryWith a view to liberalise the visa regime, officials in the tourism ministry are busy finalising introduction of the electronic visa facility within this year as it will enable India to figure amid top four countries in global tourism, a top tourism ministry official said at an ASSOCHAM event held in New Delhi on March 19, 2014.

driving equitable growth through large scale employment for specialised as well as unskilled workforce, developing remote locations, encouraging entrepreneurial ventures at the micro level and promoting environment management.

India has signed 48 agreements with other countries and international organisations to widen links of friendship and mutual promotion of tourism. Due to this, total tourist visits in India have grown at a steady rate of about 16 per cent in the last five years with a forecasted growth rate of 12 per cent in the next decade. The sectors direct contribution to GDP is estimated at INR 2,222 billion in 2013 and generated 25 million direct employments in 2012, forecasted to increase at a growth rate of 2.1 per cent by 2023, mentioned Kapoor.

The other eminent speakers present at the event were Radu Octavian Dobre, charge daffaires, Embassy of Romania; Nakul Anand, executive director, ITC Limited; Tushar Pandey, sr president and country head (PSPM), YES Bank; Dipak Haksar, chairman, National Council for Tourism and Hospitality, ASSOCHAM and COO, ITC Hotels; Ramesh Kapur, co-chairman, National Council for Tourism and Hospitality, ASSOCHAM and CMD, AB Hotels; Rakesh Singh, immediate past president, ICAI; Li Qianguo, deputy director, China National Tourism and DS Rawat, secretary general, ASSOCHAM.

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