AIR Services at Tourist Sites



AIR Services at Tourist Sites 
Domestic air transport services have been decontrolled & deregulated. Government has laid down route dispersal guidelines with a view to achieve better connectivity to remote areas and different regions of the country. It is, however, up to the airlines to provide air services to specific places depending upon the traffic demand and commercial viability. As such the airlines are free to operate anywhere in the country subject to compliance of route dispersal guidelines issued by the Government.


The Government has taken several measures to help the industry so that benefits percolate down to common man. These steps are persuading State Governments to reduce VAT on ATF, allowing direct import of Aviation Turbine Fuel by Indian Carriers as actual users, permitting foreign airlines to participate up to 49 percent in the equity of scheduled air transport undertaking, allowing External Commercial Borrowings (ECB) for working capital requirement of airline industry for a period of one year subject to a total ceiling of US $1 billion and tax concession for parts of aircraft and testing equipment for third party maintenance, repair and overhaul of civil aircraft.

The Ministry of Tourism compiles data only on number of domestic and foreign tourist who visited various States and UTs.  The details of the same for the period 2012-14 are given below.  This information for 2015 is not available.

STATE/UT-WISE DOMESTIC AND FOREIGN TOURIST VISITS, 2012-2014

Sl. No.
State/ UT
2014
Domestic
Foreign
1
Andaman & Nicobar Islands
285146
17235
2
Andhra Pradesh
93306974
66333
3
Arunachal
Pradesh
180964
5204
4
Assam
4826702
21537
5
Bihar
22544377
829508
6
Chandigarh
1061419
28365
7
Chhattisgarh
24488465
7777
8
Dadra & Nagar Haveli
579638
1799
9
Daman & Diu
795167
4620
10
Delhi *
22626859
2319046
11
Goa
3544634
513592
12
Gujarat
30912043
235524
13
Haryana
13442944
547367
14
Himachal
Pradesh
15924701
389699
15
Jammu & Kashmir
9438544
86477
16
Jharkhand
33427144
154731
17
Karnataka
118283220
561870
18
Kerala
11695411
923366
19
Lakshadweep
7315
514
20
Madhya Pradesh
63614525
316195
21
Maharashtra*#
94127124
4389098
22
Manipur
115499
2769
23
Meghalaya
716469
8664
24
Mizoram
68203
836
25
Nagaland
58413
3679
26
Odisha
10790622
71426
27
Puducherry
1188093
83291
28
Punjab
24271302
255449
29
Rajasthan
33076491
1525574
30
Sikkim
562418
49175
31
Tamil Nadu
327555233
4657630
32
Tripura
361247
26688
33
Telengana
72399113
75171
34
Uttar Pradesh
182820108
2909735
35
Uttarakhad
21991315
101966
36
West Bengal
49029590
1375740

Total
1290117432
22567650

DTVs: Estimated using all India Growth rate  and FTVs: FTA data of Delhi Port.

*# DTVs: Estimates using partial data provided by the State Govts. and FTVs: Estimated using growth of FTAs at all Ports (combined) in Maharashtra.

This information was given by Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) and Minister of State for Civil Aviation Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

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 Sustainable Tourism Criteria for India 
The Ministry of Tourism has launched a Comprehensive Sustainable Tourism Criteria for India (STCI) for three major segments of tourism industry, namely Tour Operators, Accommodation and Beaches, Backwaters, Lakes & Rivers sectors. The criterion has been adopted by the stakeholders.

Further, the Ministry has guidelines for approval of Hotel Projects at the implementation stage and also guidelines for classification/re-classification of operational hotels under various categories. As per these guidelines, hotels at the project stage itself are required to incorporate various eco-friendly measures like Sewage Treatment Plant (STP), Rain Water Harvesting System, waste management system, pollution control, introduction of non-Chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) equipment for refrigeration and air conditioning, measures for energy and water conservation etc. Under the guidelines for project level & classification/re-classification of operational hotels, it has been prescribed that the architecture of the hotel buildings in hilly and ecologically fragile areas should be sustainable and energy efficient and as far as possible be in conformity with the local ethos and make use of local designs and material.

The tour operators approved by Ministry of Tourism have to sign a pledge for commitment towards Safe & Honourable Tourism and Sustainable Tourism to fully implement Sustainable Tourism practices, consistent with the best environment and heritage protection standards, such that the present tourism resource requirements optimize both local community benefit and future sustainable uses.

This information was given by Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) and Minister of State for Civil Aviation Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a written reply in Lok Sabha today. 
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Crime Against Women Tourists 
The Ministry of Tourism does not compile the data regarding crime against foreign or domestic tourists.  However, the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), Ministry of Home Affairs has started collecting data on crime against foreign tourists since 2014. Hence data on crime against foreign tourist prior to 2014 is not available with NCRB. The total number of cases registered under crime against foreign tourists were 384 during 2014. The State-wise/UT-wise number of reported incidents against foreign tourist during 2014 is given below. This information is not available for 2015.

The steps taken by Ministry of Tourism to ensure the safety and security of tourists including foreign tourists are as below:

i)                24X7 (all days) in a year offering a “multi-lingual helpdesk” in the designated languages to provide support service in terms of providing information relating to Travel & Tourism in India to the domestic and International tourists and to assist the callers with advice on action to be taken during times of distress while travelling in India and if need be alert the concerned authorities. The languages handled by the Tourist Helpline include ten International languages besides English and Hindi, namely, Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. The calls made by tourists (both international and domestic) while in India will be free of charge.   
ii)      Adoption of code of conduct for Safe and Hon’ble Tourism, which contains a set of guidelines to encourage tourism activities to be undertaken with respect to basic rights like dignity, safety and freedom from exploitation of both tourists and local residents, in particular women and children.
iii)     All the Chief Ministers of the State Governments and Administrators of Union Territory Administrations have been asked to take immediate effective steps for ensuring a conducive and friendly environment for all tourists and also requested to publicize the steps being taken/proposed to be taken to increase the sense of security amongst the present/prospective visitors and also to counter the negative publicity, if any.
iv)     The National Tourism Ministers’ Conference was convened on 18th July, 2013 and 21st August 2014 in New Delhi which resolved that the Departments of Tourism of all States and UTs will work for ensuring the safety and security of tourists, especially women. The State Governments/UT Administrations of Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jammu & Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha have deployed Tourist Police, in one form or the other.
v)      Grant of Central Financial Assistance to the State Governments of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh for setting up of Tourist Facilitation and Security Organization (TFSO) on a pilot basis.
vi)     In the wake of some unfortunate incidents happening involving foreign tourists, Ministry of Tourism posts an advisory on its website www.incredibleindia.org.
vii)    The Ministry of Tourism has issued the Guidelines on Safety and Security of Tourists for State Governments/Union Territories and Tips for Travellers in September 2014.  These guidelines were sent to the State Governments/Union Territories and other relevant authorities to stress the importance of safety and risk management, assist in identifying best practices and encourage closer cooperation for ensuring a pleasant experience to the tourists.  The Guidelines are indicative references that may be useful to the States in sharing or adopting the best practices and design their domestic measures to better protect tourists.  In addition to these guidelines “Tips to Travellers” are also offered to make the visit of tourists to Incredible India, a memorable experience.  

The foreign tourist arrivals (FTAs) in India has shown continuous increase in last 5 years.  The number of FTAs in India during the period 2011-2015 are as below:

Year
FTAs
2011
6309222
2012
6577745
2013
6967601
2014
7679099
2015
8027133

State-wise/UT-wise number of reported incidents against foreign tourist during 2014.

Sl. No.
State/UT
Total Crimes Committed against Foreign Tourists
1
Andhra Pradesh
2
2
Arunachal Pradesh
0
3
Assam
0
4
Bihar
13
5
Chhattisgarh
0
6
Goa
66
7
Gujarat
3
8
Haryana
6
9
Himachal Pradesh
2
10
Jammu & Kashmir
1
11
Jharkhand
0
12
Karnataka
11
13
Kerala
7
14
Madhya Pradesh
2
15
Maharashtra
25
16
Manipur
0
17
Meghalaya
0
18
Mizoram
1
19
Nagaland
0
20
Odisha
0
21
Punjab
3
22
Rajasthan
31
23
Sikkim
0
24
Tamil Nadu
2
25
Telangana
2
26
Tripura
0
27
Uttar Pradesh
64
28
Uttarakhand
0
29
West Bengal
4

TOTAL STATE(S)
245
30
A & N Islands
0
31
Chandigarh
2
32
D&N Haveli
0
33
Daman & Diu
0
34
Delhi UT
135
35
Lakshadweep
0
36
Puducherry
2

TOTAL UT(S)
139

TOTAL (ALL INDIA)
384
           
Nationality-wise number of foreign women tourist arrivals during 2012-2014 is given below.  This information is not available for 2015.


Nationality-wise number of Foreign Women Tourist arrivals during
2012-2014.

Country of Nationality
2014
North America

Canada
124309
U.S.A
493472
Central and South America

Argentina
5235
Brazil
9058
Mexico
6877
Others
12741
Western Europe

Austria
14706
Belgium
14902
Denmark
11486
Finland
8444
France
112960
Germany
94925
Greece
2864
Ireland
13185
Italy
33613
Netherlands
26150
Norway
8821
Portugal
12365
Spain
30507
Sweden
20272
Switzerland
20827
U.K.
369098
Others
4516
Eastern Europe

  Czech Rep.
3576
Kazakhstan
10092
Poland
12174
Russian Fed.
154344
Ukraine
14670
Others
36886
Africa

Egypt
4931
Kenya
20356
Mauritius
15286
Nigeria
11184
South Africa
26661
Sudan
2117
Tanzania
12222
Others
31112
West Asia

Bahrain
4532
Iraq
14061
Israel
18492
Oman
32395
Saudi Arabia
11208
Turkey
10762
U.A.E.
30141
Yemen Arab Rep.
10159
Others
12241
South Asia

Afghanistan
30164
Iran
14581
Maldives
31160
Nepal
40327
Pakistan
42431
Bangladesh
254492
Sri Lanka
129387
Bhutan
6416
South East Asia

Indonesia
13208
Malaysia
122628
Myanmar
29883
Philippines
20236
Singapore
61197
Thailand
67841
Vietnam
7808
Others
3247
East Asia

China(Main)
66253
China(Taiwan)
17821
Japan
63221
Rep.of Korea
37832
Others
1789
Australasia

Australia
100940
New Zealand
18946
Others
1647
Not classified elsewhere
10672

This information was given by Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) and Minister of State for Civil Aviation Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.
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Parytak Mitra Programme of M/O Tourism 

The Ministry of Tourism has launched a programme open to college going students to inculcate in them appropriate tourism traits and knowledge, to enable them to act/work as Tourist Facilitators (Parytak Mitra).

The development and promotion of tourism is primarily the responsibility of the State Governments/Union Territory Administrations. The Ministry of Tourism as part of its ongoing promotional activities releases campaigns in the international and domestic markets and also undertakes other promotional activities under the Incredible India brand-line to promote India as a holistic destination for tourists and to showcase its various tourism destinations and products. At present, the Ministry of Tourism does not have any proposal for using the youths from different genres as brand ambassador in its Incredible India Campaigns to attract foreign tourists.

This information was given by Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) and Minister of State for Civil Aviation Dr. Mahesh Sharma in a written reply in Lok Sabha today. 

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