India is planning to liberalise visa procedures by adding nine countries to the 11 whose citizens are entitled to get visa on arrival, Dr K Chiranjeevi, Minister of State with Independent Charge (I/C) for Tourism, said, as per a Hindustan Times report. “We are trying to liberalise visa procedures by adding nine more countries to the existing 11 nations, visitors from which are given tourist visas on arrival. The proposal is under active consideration,” he said.
Citing figures, the Minister said in 2011, India registered 6.31 million foreign tourist arrivals with an annual growth of 9.2 per cent over the previous year. The foreign earnings from tourism during 2011 were USD 16.56 billion, registering a growth of 16.7 per cent over 2010.
November 13, 2012