New Delhi: Tourist arrivals increased in 2019 despite ruckus over the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu & Kashmir, the Supreme Court’s decision on Ram temple and the recently passed Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). According to the Tourism Ministry data, the sector has seen an upward trend at the time when nine nations have issued a travel advisory to their citizens. On the increasing tourist inflow, Minister of State for Tourism Prahlad Singh Patel said, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi is our brand and it’s the reason why the tourist arrivals have increased.”
November 2019 witnessed 7.8 percent higher arrivals at 10,91,946 against 10,12,569 in the year-ago month. The e-visa facility has recorded a 43 percent increase. In November, 3,75,484 tourists availed e-visa against 2,61,956 in the year-ago month.
The income from tourists increased by 19.6 percent to Rs 19,831 thousand crores in 2019 against Rs 16,584 thousand crores in 2018. (IANS)