Foreign Tourist Arrivals skyrocket by 106.2% in H1 2023
In the first half of 2023, India saw 106.2% increase in foreign tourist arrivals, welcoming 4,380,239 visitors as opposed to the 2,124,118 received during the same period in 2022. Despite this robust resurgence, the numbers are still 17.3% below 2019 levels when 5,296,025 tourists visited the country. Additionally, foreign exchange earnings from tourism surged to $13.04 billion in H1 2023, a 114.12% increase from 2022, yet 10.27% short of 2019 figures.
‘Explore Qatar’ workshop held for ETAA North India Members
Enterprising Travel Agents Association (ETAA) in exclusive association with Qatar Tourism held a knowledge session to educate and inform its members about the new offerings that Qatar has to offer. Session was organised at The Claridges New Delhi. The presentation was given by Ms. DheeraMajumder, Key Account Manager – Tourism Marketing and Promotion Sector, Qatar Tourism. Present on the occasion were Saurabh Tuteja, Chairman – North India, ETAA; PunitBhasin, Vice Chairman; Deepika Khanna, General Secretary and Praveen Ghai and Gaurav Arora, Joint Secretaries, ETAA NI along with other members from ETAA NI and media.
Fortune Hotels enters Jim Corbett
Fortune Hotels has signed its resort property in Jim Corbett, Uttarakhand, making it its 50th location in India. This is Fortune’s 60th alliance in the country and will be called Fortune Jungle Resort & Spa. The property has stylish rooms, studios and suites along with multifarious dining options and recreation facilities.
Sukoon Retreat offers Ayurvedic Wellness at Dehradun
Sukoon Retreat, Dakpathar, Dehradun, in the state of Uttarakhand, has aligned with Anmol Alayam for offering Yoga, Naturopathy, Acupressure Specialist and Panchakarma. With this alignment Sukoon Retreat, Dakpathar is taking the concept of farm stays to new levels with its Natural Healing Retreats. The recreational retreat draws upon Ayurvedic principles to target root causes using specialised therapies.
“Green Tourism is a focal area for us. The Ministry has launched the Travel for LiFE program, as part of Mission LiFE initiative conceived by Hon’ble PM. This program aims to instigate large-scale behavioural changes among both tourists and businesses, targeting environmental protection and climate action. The Goa Roadmap, endorsed at a G20 meeting, outlines specific “Travel for LiFE Actions”. Notably, it marks the first-time sustainable development goals have been explicitly connected to tourism. Furthermore, India has come up with an Online Dashboard specifically for G20 nations, designed to monitor progress and share best practices.”
Rakesh Kumar Verma, IAS
Additional Secretary, Ministry of Tourism,
Government of India