Easing of the Indian tourism visa regime through the expansion of Visa on Arrival enabled by Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) will give a fillip to foreign tourist arrivals in the country, the Economic Survey for 2014-15 said here Friday.
"There was an increase in growth on both foreign tourist arrivals at 7.1% and foreign exchange earnings at 6.6% in the year 2014," the survey, which was tabled by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the Lok Sabha, said.
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"However, India's share of world tourism is a paltry 0.6% of international tourist arrivals compared to 7.8% in France and 6.4% in the US," it added.
India now allows e-visa for 42 countries.