Ever since India started offering Visa-on-Arrival service to 50 countries, the tourist numbers have gone up significantly! An increase of more than 200% was reported by Indian home ministry office.
But as they say, “Simplification good! Oversimplification bad,” India is witnessing unusual responses to the new rules. Many foreign tourists have misunderstood Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) to be Visa-on-Arrival on landing at an Indian airport.
Tourism Secretary Lalit K Panwar said that from now the service will be called Visa Online. It will remove the confusion among tourists as it means that they will get a Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) delivered to the inbox.
Indian government is therefore mulling to change the name of the service to ‘Visa Online’. NDTV reported Union Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma saying, “We declared it as Visa on Arrival. (But) Basically it is Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA)”.
The terminology has confused quite a few people and the government will address the issue soon. The government is making every possible effort to make India one of the most preferred tourist destination. Because Indian tourism industry has a potential to create millions of direct and indirect jobs for youth in the country.
Plus, tourism industry contribution to country’s economy is currently 7% and can double in the years to come, contributing more to the overall GDP of the country.
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