Visa On Arrival Scheme Records 12.2 Percent Growth In Foreign Tourists In June, 2012 Content

The Visa on Arrival (VoA) facility has recorded a growth of over 12 per cent with a total of 864 foreign tourists availing the facility in June, 2012 as compared to June 2011. “The VoA facility has registered a positive growth of 12.2 per cent in June this year,” said a senior Ministry of Tourism, Govt of India official. A total of 4.32 lakh foreign tourists visited India in June, 2012 as against 4.12 lakh during the corresponding period last year. During the period January-June 2012, a total number of 6721 VoAs were issued as compared to 5774 VoAs during corresponding period of 2011, an increase of 16.4 per cent, according to the ministry data.

The maximum number of tourists availing the facility was from Japan (233) while only five each from Myanmar and Cambodia came to India using VoA route. 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).

The government launched the VoA scheme in January 2010 as a facilitative measure to attract more foreign tourists for citizens of five countries – Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand and Singapore, visiting India for tourism purposes. The scheme was further extended for the citizens of six more countries – Cambodia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines, Laos and Myanmar from January 2011.

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