The efforts and initiatives of Indian authorities to woo foreign travellers are paying off well. India’s decision to launch Visa on Arrival (VoA) scheme has brought in encouraging numbers for the country.
VoA scheme has registered a growth of more than 12 per cent in June this year as compared to the same period in the previous year. Figures rolled out by the country’s tourism ministry state that a total of 864 foreign tourists who took flights to India in June 2012 made use of the VoA scheme as opposed to 770 during the same period in the previous year. In June this year, a total of 4.32 lakh foreign tourists made a travel to India and in June 2011, 4.12 lakh travelled to the country.
India’s decision to offer Visa on Arrival has certainly proven to be beneficial. The country has been a favourite with holiday makers for long and now with the convenience of VoA, more number of tourists are looking for deals on cheap flights to India.
Government of India launched the VoA scheme in January 2010 to attract more foreign tourists to look for airline ticket to the country. The prerogative was given to five countries in 2010 - Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand and Singapore. In January 2011, the scheme was extended to six more countries - Cambodia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines, Laos and Myanmar.
Maximum number of tourists who used the facility in June came from Japan (233).
During the period January-June 2012, the maximum number of VoAs were issued at Delhi airport (3888), followed by Mumbai (1473), Chennai (954) and Kolkata (406), official figures said.