Tourism Current Affairs - 2020

Government launches India’s first ever guidelines for Adventure Tourism

The Union Ministry of Tourism for first time issued guidelines for Adventure Tourism in India in an effort to make adventure sports safer. These guidelines were launched Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge) K. J. Alphons in New Delhi. In past few years, adventure tourism has grown rapidly India. It has been playing vital role in economic growth of the country as well as attracting large number of travellers from across globe to country.

Key Facts

The Ministry of Tourism has formulated guidelines on Safety and Quality Norms for Adventure Tourism in India along with Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI). The set of guidelines list out basic minimum standards required for adventure tourism activities in India.

The sole aim of these guidelines is to help adventure tour operators understand and execute safety guidelines in better manner. These guidelines cover land, air and water based adventure activities which include mountaineering, bungee jumping, trekking, paragliding, kayaking, scuba diving, snorkeling, river rafting and many other sports.

e-Visa Scheme: Government earns Rs.1,400 crore

According to Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Government has earned Rs1,400 crore as revenue from highly successful e-Visa scheme since its launch in 2014. 19 lakh tourists made use of e-Visa scheme in 2017 and fees are divided into four slabs of zero, $25, $50 and $75, which were fixed on reciprocity and depending on nationality.

e-Visa scheme

e-Visa scheme provides pre-authorization of visa to foreigners prior to travel to India. The scheme is implemented by foreigners division of Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to improve efficiency and transparency of various services being provided to foreign nationals. The facility is now available for nationals of 163 countries for entry into India through 25 international airports and five sea ports. Under the scheme, an applicant, when submits online application, receives e-mail authorising him or her to travel to India after approval. The tourist can travel with printout of this authorisation for 30 days. It also covers business and medical categories.