More GCC tourists travel to India with e-visa scheme


The article quotes Vibhava Tripathi, assistant director general of India's Ministry of Tourism, saying that India has emerged as a destination for medical/wellness travel in the GCC. He said, "The percentage of foreign tourist arrivals visiting India for medical treatment has been increasing over the years and growing rapidly."

Tripathi said India is poised to become a hub for medical tourism because of several factors including "world class hospitals with latest technology, highly skilled Indian physicians and surgeons, cost effective treatment, excellent quality of care and nursing, less waiting time for availing of medical services, traditional healthcare therapies like Ayurveda & Yoga combined with allopathic treatment providing a holistic wellness destination."

He said the country's tourism outlook is promising with an upward trend in foreign tourist arrivals (FTAs). "India received around 10.04 million FTAs in 2017 registering a growth of 14% over 2016. The Gulf and the Middle East region are an important market for India. There has been a consistent and positive growth of FTAs from this region to India and the aim is to further accelerate the pace of growth rate in international tourist arrivals over the next three years through a multi-pronged approach, including proactive marketing strategies in partnership with our tourism stakeholders," said Tripathi.



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