The Gulf and the Middle East region is an important market for India‘s tourism with the past three years recording a surge in the umber of tourist arrivals from the region, officials of the India‘s Ministry of Tourism said on Sunday.
The percentage of foreign tourist arrivals in India for medical treatment has been increasing over the years and growing rapidly since year 2000, said Manas Ranjan Pattnaik, deputy director-general at the Ministry of Tourism.
“India is poised to become a hub for medical tourism because of its world-class hospitals with latest technology; highly-skilled Indian physicians and surgeons; cost effective treatment; and excellent quality of care and nursing,” Pattnaik said.
“The Indian tourism outlook is very promising. There has been a consistent and positive growth of foreign tourist arrivals from the Gulf region over the last three years with the year 2017 having registered an overall growth of around 10 per cent over the previous year,” said Pattnaik.
The e-Tourist Visa facility, now extended to 163 countries, including the UAE, Jordan, Oman and Palestine, has led to the ease of travel to India. During 2017 total of 1.7 million tourists arrived on e-tourist visas compared to 1.1 million in 2016 registering a growth of 57.2 per cent. The e-visa is now available under three sub-categories – e-Tourist Visa, e-Business Visa and e-Medical Visa.
More than 20 participants from India, representing the travel trade, heritage, nature, culture and wellness tourism are participating in the India Pavilion set up by the Ministry of Tourism at the ATM.
The theme chosen for ATM-2018 is “Adventure, Yoga Wellness Tourism“. One of the highlights of the Incredible India being showcased at ATM 2018 is the depiction of India as a multifaceted tourist destination for luxury, wildlife, and wellness/medical tourism.
The Ministry of Tourism seeks to maintain the same pace of growth rate in international tourist arrivals over the next three years from regions, including Middle East, through a multi-pronged approach comprising proactive marketing strategies in partnership with tourism stakeholders.
Some of the countries, particularly the Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Egypt, Turkey and Sudan have registered a significant growth and are emerging as major tourism generating markets for India from this region.
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