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e-Ticketing for Taj Mahal & Humayun's Tomb and 24x7 Incredible India Tourist Helpline
Dec 30, 2014

In a major step at tourist facilitation, e-Ticketing facility is launched for Taj Mahal in Agra and Humayun's Tomb in New Delhi. A 24x7 Incredible India Tourist Helpline is also launched along with Special Welcome Cards for foreign tourists arriving at 9 International Airports.

The new initiatives have started the process of re-launching tourism and taking India’s rich cultural heritage to all corners of the world. During the period January-November, 2014 India received a total of 6.8 lakh visitors which is the highest number of visitors received till November in any year during the last decade, also showing a commendable increase of 7.1 percent over the previous year. Similarly, during the January to November period of 2014, the foreign exchange earnings from tourism crossed the mark of 1 lakh crore rupees with a growth of 12.1 percent over the foreign exchange earnings of the same period last year.

In 2014 for tourism industry the Government implemented the first phase of Tourist Visas on Arrival (TVOAs) enabled by Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA). As a result of this, nearly 16,000 visas were processed since its launch on 27 November, 2014. The Government will develop 5 Tourist circuits around specific themes i.e., Ganga circuit, Krishna circuit, Buddha circuit, North East circuit and Kerala circuit under the Rs. 500 cr allocation in the budget this year.

The government has formulated two new schemes PRASAD and HRIDAY for pilgrimage rejuvenation and spiritual augmentation as well as heritage city development


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