Atithi Devo BhavaMinistry of Tourism will soon expand the list of granting electronic travel authorization otherwise known as e-visa to 50 countries from existing 44 to enhance the share of foreign travel into India at 63 per cent, says Secretary, Ministry of Tourism Dr. Lalit K Panwar.

“The name of these six countries recommended by the ministry to department of home affairs for issuance of  e-visa comprised China, UK, Spain, France, Italy and Malaysia”, informed Dr. Panwar.  Inaugurating a 4th India Heritage Tourism Conclave organized by PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry here today, the Tourism Secretary also informed “the finance ministry is expected to release a wind fall bonanza budget allocations for the tourism sector on February 28 since it is categorized under the priority developmental sector for the Indian economy in Prime Minister Mr. Modi’s agenda for India’s economic and social and cultural uplift”.

“The tourism ministry has been consistently pitching for higher allocations with the finance ministry to protect, preserve, promote and restore its rich heritage of over 5,000 years of Indian history and indications are suitably impressive and therefore, the aspirations and expectations of the tourism ministry have already enlivened so that with the higher allocations, the tourism ministry is able to implement the Prime Minister’s vision for developing its tourism and heritage”, said Dr. Panwar.

The ministry of tourism, according to its Secretary has already issued 65,000 e-visas in the last less than three months to promote foreign travels and proposals for visa on arrivals is under active consideration so that each pocket and spot relating to tourism and heritage that exist in India is exposed to visiting tourist for which India needed to remap its such preserves.

The ministry was working with unusual gusto and activeness to make India’s tourist spot credibly incredible so that the foreign exchange annual earnings from visiting tourist arrival exceeded much beyond the US$20 billion per annum which is the current estimates.

Currently, India’s share in global tourist market is estimated at 0.64 per cent which would be enhanced to a level of 1.00 per cent in next few years with proactive tourism policy that the government would evolve in times to come.