ASSOCHAM survey on “Trends
in Tourists inflow in the last three months”, Secretary General
of ASSOCHAM, D S Rawat, said, “The industry has primarily been impacted due to
deteriorating standards of safety and security. The in-bound foreign tourists
have opted other Asian countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand,
Philippines, Vietnam etc. The situation has been further aggravated by the
advisory issued by various countries to their citizens visiting India to be
cautious and avoid India.”
The survey further highlighted that the
inflows of women foreign tourists to the country had gone down by 35%
and the overall tourism being affected by 25% during the period from
December 2012 onwards. There had been adverse impact on tourism
industry, revealed the ASSOCHAM report. “The reflection of Delhi gang
rape is now visible and more pronounced in other metros and large
townships,” said Rawat while pointing that last year over six lakh
tourists had visited various tourist destinations such as Agra, Jaipur,
Udaipur, Kashmir valley, Goa, Mysore and Trivantapuram in the month of
winter seasons. But this season, there is substantial fall of tourist
arrival in India compared to last year, which has seriously impacted the
inflow of foreign tourist to the “Maha
“During last winter season, Goa, Jaipur,
Agra, Kerala happened to be highly congested tourist spot but due to
recent incidents in India, there has been substantial fall in the
tourist traffic,” as reported by tourist companies and tour operators.
The ASSOCHAM survey revealed that safety and security had frightened the
female tourists the most.
Nearly 72% of the tour operators said that
there has number of cancellation of booking taken place especially from
women tourist in the last three months from the countries mainly from
UK, USA, Canada, Australia etc according to tour operators.
As per majority of the tour operators
said, “some tourists have e-mailed in asking whether it would be safe to
travel and some have changed their mind about travelling to India this
year. Those who are determined to visit India are taking extra
precautions and avoiding affected areas.”
However, travel agencies routinely
recommend specific safety measures for female tourists in India and tour
operators always recommend that female travellers exercise vigilance and
visit tourist spots within certain hours.
According to Tourism Ministry data, in
2012 about 6.6 million international tourist visited India and the
country earned $17.74 billion. The ministry has set the goal of
increasing foreign tourist arrivals by 12% a year so as to double
foreign exchange earnings by 2016.
Rawat also said that the recent crimes
against women could impact inbound tourism in long term. So, security
needs to be further strengthened at major tourist places and a programme
to sensitize the importance of tourism and respect for tourist be
continuously held across the country.