But this time the target appears fairly attainable since the politicians are in close touch with real-time facts and trying some real-time structural reforms to bring the numbers of tourists inbound in the decade ahead of the schedule.
Today, if we look at the situation we will find that there are hardly any developed countries that can match India when it comes to tourism growth. And the only few that can compete with India in this aspect are Sri Lanka and UAE. Even China is having a hard time when it comes to infrastructure development and the infrastructural requirements. That leaves only a handful of nations which can compete with India in terms of tourism revenue. Let us take a look at some of the key features of the tourism industry in India which are encouraging more tourists to travel to India year on year.
The Hospitality Infrastructure
The hospitality infrastructure in India is world class and the quality of services offered is much better than any other country in the world. So the accommodation facilities and the recreational options provided by the hotels and resorts are better than most of the tourist spots in Europe, America and Asia and even better than many of the third world countries. All this points towards an India tourism growth that cannot be ignored by any means.
Another key feature that is encouraging more tourists to travel to India is the variety and richness of the destinations. There are countless historical destinations in India and each of them offers a unique experience and learning opportunity. And there are a wide range of adventure sports that can be enjoyed by both the young and the old in India. So from swamping in jungles and trekking in the Himalayas to enjoying beach sports and waterskiing on the Goa beach, there are plenty of adventure sports which can excite the most seasoned traveler. Most popular adventure sports include mountain biking, white water rafting, paragliding, river rafting, scooting, skiing and water skiing.
Encouraging Tourism Growth
Besides these there are also other important factors that are encouraging tourism growth in India. Above all, the overall economic development in the country has played a vital role in boosting tourism as well. Between 2021, the gross domestic product (GDP) growth of the economy was over 15%, which is significantly higher than the national average. It is one of the best growth rates recorded all over the world. This is another factor which is encouraging more people to travel to India.
The infrastructure development in the country also plays a vital role in encouraging tourism. Major cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai and Delhi have received a lot of developmental work which has led to an increased level of connectivity. This has made it easier for people from different parts of the country to travel to this part of the country for tourism purposes.
In addition, air and rail connectivity has improved dramatically over the last few years. Air travel has become much easier and comfortable than before. Similarly, rail connectivity has also become very convenient and comfortable.
Another contributing factor that is helping India to achieve excellent growth in tourism is the liberalization policy pursued by the government. Tourists from all over the world come to this part of the country for relaxation and entertainment. These people include tourists from European countries as well as Asian nations like India, China, Malaysia, Singapore and South Korea. It is also due to the relaxed visa norms which has led to the inflow of tourists from these countries.
The increasing number of foreign tourists can be broadly classified into two categories viz. local people and foreign tourists. It has been observed that almost every 5th person from these two categories travels to India for tourism purposes. The major reasons behind this habit of tourism among the locals as well as foreign visitors are listed as follows. Firstly, these people are extremely helpful when it comes to language problems, accommodation issues, food and beverages and traveling safety. Secondly, they enjoy the taste of local food and enjoy visiting different tourist destinations in India.