India’s tourism will witness mega growth in 2023.

Tourism @ 2023

Indian tourism industry is expected to continue to grow in the coming years, with the government’s focus on development and promotion of tourism destinations. So, what does this mean for the future of Indian tourism? Keep reading to find out!

Post Independence, India has evolved as a tourism hotspot for multiple reasons. From being a bridgehead for commerce and trade, to being a showstopper. Because of its captivating scenic spots and sightseeing areas, the idea of travel has changed drastically over the years.

Owing to its extensive attractions and rich heritage, the country has always been one of the most rewarding and multicultural melting pot for any explorer. Tourists from different countries have been visiting India to witness its traditions and incredible cultural heritage. Which are the factors that laid the foundation of the Indian tourism sector contributing about five per cent to GDP

Covid Pandemic

The Covid-19 Pandemic has made everyone yearn for travelling and exploring new places. With international borders still partly closed and global COVID-19 struggles, India has opened numerous opportunities for diverse travelers. The rise of millennials and GenZ as an all new breed of tourer, has redefined the term ‘tourism’.

During the pandemic, terms like staycations and workations gained popularity as travelers sought budget-friendly, nature-oriented experiences with quality infrastructure. Youths nowadays are eager to safely explore nature. They are thriving to get access to high-quality infrastructure and a lively, welcoming environment without having to break the bank.

The hybrid work model has evolved into a ‘work from anywhere’ solution, hence helping workations continue to rule the roost.

Also Read: 8 Tips For First-Time Travellers Traveling To India

Raising Trend of tourism in India

Since the 1990s, India’s travel and tourism industry has been one of the fastest growing sectors in the country. In 2018, the industry is estimated to have generated a total of $244 billion in revenue, making it a vital contributor to the country’s economy. The growth of the industry has been driven by a number of factors. These factors include the liberalization of the country’s economy, the development of infrastructure, and the increase in disposable incomes.

Travel destinations and accommodations are investing in women-centric tours as a result of the increased demand for solo female travel in India. Hostels are also aimed toward providing secure areas for women to dwell in a communal environment.

This trend is poised for greater expansion in the upcoming year as more hostels and homestays provide particular accommodations for female travellers travelling alone. States all throughout India are advertising their unique places, which are providing adventurous travellers with fresh experiences. Generation Z and millennial travellers go to these uncharted regions and open doors for local communities’ development there.

Tourism Survey

The Indian Tourism Statistics 2023 report reveals India receiving 677.63 million domestic tourist visits in 2022. The percentage has increased by 11.05% from 610.22 in 2021. The top states in terms of domestic visits were Tamil Nadu at 115.33 million, Uttar Pradesh at 109.70 million, Andhra Pradesh at 93.27 million and Karnataka at 81.33 million.

It’s interesting to note that the dynamics of travel around the world now appear entirely different from how they did before two extremely chaotic and passive years. 2021 saw the beginning of the recovery for the country’s tourism sector, with maximum countries contributing to Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) numbers in India.

Total FTAs in India surged by 406.6% to 2,764,975 from January-July 2022 compared to the previous year. During this period, the US was the top contributor to FTAs in India, at 25.88%, followed by Bangladesh (18.61%), the UK (10.99%) and Australia (5.16%); the US was among the top 15 source nations.

The survey discovers that wanderlust abounds with a strong desire to seize the experiences that travel offers in the post-Covid climate. Taj Mahal became the most-visited ticketed ASI Site for Domestic tourists in FY 21-23, followed by the Red Fort and the Qutub Minar, which received the second and third most visitors.The sharp rise in FTAs is a result of many driving forces. These include the COVID-19 Vaccination campaign and the ‘Heal in India’ and ‘Heal by India’ campaigns announced by the Indian Government in May 2022. Additionally, several other infrastructural measures have contributed to this increase.

Summing up

The country has also registered higher spending on leisure tourism compared to business spending tourism. With about 18% of Indians travelling for work within the nation, India is far ahead of its international rivals in this area. Owing to a resounding spike in booking during 2021-2022, the outlook of the Indian Tourism industry for the next decade looks bright and seems to expand exponentially. The tourism industry is raring to explore new frontiers and reinvent itself in order to keep up with the times.

The Ministry of Tourism designs national policies for the development and promotion of tourism. In the process, the Ministry consults and collaborates with other stakeholders in the sector including various central ministries/agencies, state governments, union territories and private sector representatives.

Concerted efforts are being made to promote niche tourism products such as rural, cruise, medical and eco-tourism. The Ministry of Tourism maintains the Incredible India campaign focused on promoting tourism in India.

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