The new Indian government, under Prime Minister Narendra Modi has plans to introduce electronic visa authorization (e-visa) system, the country’s Tourism & Culture Minister has revealed.
Shri Shripad Yesso Naik told an event organised by the Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) this week that the new e-visa system will be implemented at the “earliest” opportunity. The move forms part of the election manifesto of Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which aims to boost the Indian tourism industry.
“Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) becomes operational at the earliest. This will provide a great push to the inbound tourism as we will be able to tap the last-minute traveller, the sponsors of business travellers and executives attending conferences,” he added.
IATO’s president, Subhash Goyal, said he supported Modi’s efforts. “BJP… was the only party which in its election manifesto talked about… tourism,” Goyal said. “That gave the confidence and optimistic feeling that our new minister will be the messiah (sic) for the betterment of the industry.”
Modi has also spoken about current implementations that has hampered the growth of tourism. Over taxation to the tourism sector, visa issues, multiple state taxes especially road taxes and air connectivity from new markets.