A strong delegation of around 17 tour operators/ Destination Management Companies and Tourism Departments from 2 State Governments of India attend the Roadshows during B2B Meetings at Hanoi to showcase India’s diverse tourism products and services.
The Indian tourism outlook is certainly very promising with an upward trend in Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs). India received around 10.56 million (provisional) FTAs in 2018 registering a growth of 5.2% over 2017.
A total of 31427 tourists from Vietnam visited India in 2018 (provisional) registering a growth of 32.21%. The target is to encourage greater flow of tourists from Vietnam through a multi–pronged approach, including proactive marketing strategies in partnership with the tourism stakeholders.
As per the report of World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), India is ranked at 3rd place in Power Ranking and has jumped from 7th place in 2017 to 3rd place in 2018.
India is an experiential destination with its kaleidoscope of ancient culture and heritage, ancient systems of healing like Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha, Naturopathy, natural beauty including 70% of the Himalayas and over 7500 km long coastline, rich flora and fauna, world class medical facilities and many other aspects make India the favoured destination for the discerning traveler.
The enchanting backwaters, hill stations and landscapes make India a beautiful country. The 38 World Heritage (UNESCO) sites adds to the grandeur of the country and attracts tourists from all over the world.
The Ministry of Tourism has also taken the initiative of identifying, diversifying, developing and promoting nascent / upcoming niche tourism products. Besides being the Land of Buddha and the pilgrimage site for the thousands of Buddhist pilgrims visiting India every year, India also has a diverse number of unique products like Rural, Adventure, Eco, Wellness, Golf, MICE, Medical and Cruise Tourism.
Theme based schemes for the integrated development of circuits for improvement of infrastructure in the country have been launched by the Ministry of Tourism to enable tourists experience the destination fully.
Adventure Tourism opportunities in India are innumerable – there is wide scope for varied adventure related activities in the Himalayan ranges, the Wildlife Parks and Sanctuaries, the rivers, oceans and other natural sites in the country. The Government has recently opened 137 mountain peaks for mountaineering and trekking. These peaks are located in the States of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Sikkim.
India introduced e-Visa, to facilitate foreign travelers visiting the country. The e-Visa facility, now available to the nationals of 169 countries including Indonesia, valid for entry through 28 designated Airports and 5 designated seaports, has contributed to the increase in Foreign Tourist Arrivals to India. This has contributed to the increase in Foreign Tourist Arrivals to India. E-visa facility is available for the following segments - Tourist, Business, Medical, Medical attendant and Conference.