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Old 10-10-2014, 01:43 AM
 
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Indian finance minister Arun Jaitley has highlighted the part of tourism in generating jobs for the country, referring to it as a low-hanging fruit, the tourist economy complaints.

Stressing the role central state planning might take part in the development of the sector; he said India was well positioned to take greater advantage from the benefits of tourism.

The minister was talking at a conference of tourism ministers in Delhi. One more aspect of the decline is the scam that targets tourists.

He also requested the states to decrease taxes on tourism and aviation fuel so that more benefits could be expanded from this section for the country.

Tourism minister Shripad Naik said that from next year the conference would be held for two days to enable greater interaction and participation of the states and other stakeholders.

He added that the newly elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi was giving much focus on tourism, which is part of the five thrust areas.

As portion of the plan, skill development and promotion of circuits will be provided consideration, and niche products and maintainable tourism standards will also be developed.

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Whereas in other Indian tourism news, the government has exposed plans to begin offering electronic visas for foreign tourists by October.

“The e-visa scheme is expected to be rolled out shortly.

“We are trying to make it operational by October,” tourism minister Sripad Naik said after a national conference of state tourism ministers.

In order to endorse cleanliness at tourist sites, the ministry will recompense states.

A fresh classification will be instituted from 2016 in its yearly National Tourism Awards to identify the best efforts made by all states making sure cleanliness at their prominent places of tourist implication.

The states will be compensated on the basis of a Cleanliness Index being evolved by the Ministry.

The Index will rank the cities on the centering in cleanliness at ten popular destinations, one market place and three entry-exit points for each city.

Then the three cleanest destinations and three cleanest cities will be awarded.

Westhill Consulting Travel and Tours, Singapore arrange tours to Asian countries such as India, Jakarta Indonesia, China and many more is in full support to India tourism economy boost.
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Old 10-10-2014, 04:34 AM
 
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You couldn't get me near that cesspool where the men in charge seem to think rape is all fun and games and violent crime against tourists has escalated to the point of US State Department warnings.
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Old 10-10-2014, 09:47 AM
 
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I would think taking meaningful action to change their cultural norm of gang rape would have a more beneficial impact on tourism than cleaning the streets.
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Old 10-14-2014, 08:38 AM
 
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Dealing with the relentless touts in India makes a vacation there exhausting.
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Old 10-14-2014, 05:11 PM
 
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You couldn't get me near that cesspool where the men in charge seem to think rape is all fun and games and violent crime against tourists has escalated to the point of US State Department warnings.
US State department warnings have about as much weight in my travel plans as a pile of rocks. You have very little chance of being raped or assaulted or harmed in any way as a tourist in India. You hear of cases, of course, but dilute that annual number in to the hundred thousands of tourists India gets and tell me if you should be more worried about assault in India or a heart attack in your 2015 calendar.

I love India. It was my favorite country alongside Mexico for the full on foreign experience. I don't even think the touts are that bad in India. Maybe in Agra and Jaipur, but I found them to be extremely moderate compared to Egypt, which I think is the all time king of pushy merchants.

The news of an E-Visa is music to my ears. Applying through a third party consulate (BLS) was a bad experience, and very expensive for someone who lives hours away from the nearest consulate in Toronto. This is in general just great news for India (and me).
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Old 10-14-2014, 06:08 PM
 
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US State department warnings have about as much weight in my travel plans as a pile of rocks. You have very little chance of being raped or assaulted or harmed in any way as a tourist in India. You hear of cases, of course, but dilute that annual number in to the hundred thousands of tourists India gets and tell me if you should be more worried about assault in India or a heart attack in your 2015 calendar.

I love India. It was my favorite country alongside Mexico for the full on foreign experience. I don't even think the touts are that bad in India. Maybe in Agra and Jaipur, but I found them to be extremely moderate compared to Egypt, which I think is the all time king of pushy merchants.

The news of an E-Visa is music to my ears. Applying through a third party consulate (BLS) was a bad experience, and very expensive for someone who lives hours away from the nearest consulate in Toronto. This is in general just great news for India (and me).
I won't support a country which turns a blind eye to a culture of violence against women--tourist or otherwise.
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Old 10-14-2014, 06:14 PM
 
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I won't support a country which turns a blind eye to a culture of violence against women--tourist or otherwise.
Don't you think that is a bit of a non sequitor to assume that by simply not going somwhere you are telling the Indian government you disapprove of its rape culture? I have found that more than anywhere else, developing countries have more opportunities to support its local people just by spending cash as you normally would. Everyone is their own business, so it's not like you're necessarily wagging a finger by not going to India. Just ordinairy folks who run tea stands and guesthouses will probably be getting your money, not really the Indian giants who may not care about anything.

There's a billion.2 people in India, and it's a big stretch to just throw a massive swath of land and people under the bus because it has a big rape problem. Of course it's horrible, but if anything, I think a bigger Western influence and the potential for many new tourists is something that could change that.
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Old 10-14-2014, 07:09 PM
 
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Don't you think that is a bit of a non sequitor to assume that by simply not going somwhere you are telling the Indian government you disapprove of its rape culture? I have found that more than anywhere else, developing countries have more opportunities to support its local people just by spending cash as you normally would. Everyone is their own business, so it's not like you're necessarily wagging a finger by not going to India. Just ordinairy folks who run tea stands and guesthouses will probably be getting your money, not really the Indian giants who may not care about anything.

There's a billion.2 people in India, and it's a big stretch to just throw a massive swath of land and people under the bus because it has a big rape problem. Of course it's horrible, but if anything, I think a bigger Western influence and the potential for many new tourists is something that could change that.
I see India just like I see Egypt. It is simply not a safe place for a woman to visit at this time. When (if) they clean up their act, I might change my mind.

That said, I don't do well in filth, and I've heard that India is about as filthy as it gets, so it will probably never be on my bucket list.
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Old 10-15-2014, 10:12 AM
 
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I love India. It was my favorite country alongside Mexico for the full on foreign experience. I don't even think the touts are that bad in India. Maybe in Agra and Jaipur, but I found them to be extremely moderate compared to Egypt, which I think is the all time king of pushy merchants.
Agreed. I've been there 3 times and each time I left with happy memories. One thing that struck me the most was how helpful people were in India to tourists. They would not hesitate to go out of their way to help you, even if each of us had to rely on tarzan language to understand each other. On our last trip to Calcutta, we were lost on the way to some mountain resort and our driver stopped on a side road to ask for directions. A few villagers who heard us literally tried to outdo each other to give us direction. Finally one guy got on his motorcycle and made a gesture for us to follow him. So we did, and roughly 10 minutes later, we were put on the right track and it cost us nothing but a smile and thank you.

Sometimes you won't know the true story of a place until you go there. I remember how I put off seeing Rome for the longest time due to its notorious reputation for being overrun with pickpockets and scam artists. When I finally visited it, I had a great time and didn't have any issue with pickpockets or scammers (I wore my moneybelt the whole time I was there, off course!).
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Old 10-15-2014, 12:25 PM
 
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Exactly. I also had the same experience with Indians being insanely helpful. Many would actually go way out of their way to help you. offer you food, tell you about some historical or cultural thing. Everytime I felt stressed out on the trains somebody would detect it almost immediately and try to make me feel better. I once got on the wrong side of a train line that would later split in to two trains and go to two different cities. This guy stayed up with me in the middle of the night waiting to point out to me which on-the-way station had the right kind of platform to run along to catch up to the right car (8 ahead...) during a short stop. Would've end up at the edge of Corbett NP if not for that guy. I was heading for the foothills.
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