Tourists visiting the South Asian region are more interested in visiting India more than other prominent destinations such as the Maldives and Sri Lanka, according to a study by Brookings India, a non-profit public booking organization.
Its study reveals that tourism in India improved considerably since 2017. According to it, India could leverage its cultural similarities with neighbors to grow further.
South Asia is rich in paradise-like Island destinations such as Seychelles and the Maldives. These island nations boast of pristine clear waters, all year round blue skies, bright sunny days, and luxury resorts.
For the past ten years, South Asia has emerged as a popular tourist destination. Not only is the region rich in natural and cultural diversity, but tourist destinations in this region also offer competitive travel packages.
The organization’s study entitled Travel South Asia: India’s tourism connectivity with the region said that India is at the helm of the tremendous tourism growth in South Asia.
The report said the economies of South Asian countries like Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka are sustained by tourism but then India emerged to be the most preferred tourist destination in the region.
The study said one of the reasons why tourists prefer Indis is because of the National Tourism Policy that India adopted in 2002.
Aside from that, it’s government also launched a marketing campaign called ‘Incredible India’ to support this policy. The campaign is n attraction magnet to visitors in the US and none Asian countries.
India’s contribution to the global tourist arrivals stands at 1.2 percent. Even as its tourism industry tries to attract countries from other continents, the country has seen an eminent growth in travelers from the South Asian regions.
The study said Bangladesh is a prominent part of India’s list of top 10 tourist source countries. Other countries include neighboring nations Sri Lanka, China, Maldives, Nepal, and Afghanistan.
A for the report, the arrival of Bangladeshi nationals increased by 80 percent from 1972 to the present. It sites the liberalization of the Revised Travel Arrangement between India and Bangladesh as the main reason for the increase in visitors. The arrangement brings changes to the 1972 Agreement on Passport and Visa System between Bangladeshis and Indian nationals.
Meanwhile, India has been a popular medical tourism destination for Maldivians. Aside from the fact that the Maldivian and Indian government share strong ties because the former was a previous territory of India, both nations also have an agreement for their own citizens visiting each other’s territories.
Maldivian nationals are exempted from the requirements of a visa when visiting the country.
Maldivians are allowed to visit India without a visa for the purpose of tourism that does not exceed a period of ninety (90) days.
A valid Passport/travel document and evidence of sufficient funds to support one’s stay are the only essential requirements Maldivians need to be in India.
During this COVID-19 season, Maldivians have access to special medical flights to go there even if the border of the country is still closed for International commercial flights.
Find out more about India’s tourism visa information and travel advisories here: http://tourism.gov.in/
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