Coronavirus Stings India Tourism Industry
According to businesspersons involved in the tourism trade in Jaipur, businesses have suffered heavy losses due to the coronavirus. According to the Tourism Ministry data, foreign tourists had been arriving in India in large numbers regularly since 2015 and their numbers were continuously increasing. Government figures reveal that 17.42 million foreign tourists visited India in the year 2018. Earlier, in the year 2017, this figure was 16.81 million and in 2016, it was 15.03 million. A look at month-wise tourist statistics shows that for the past few years, foreign tourists have been visiting India in large numbers between the months of December and March. The largest number of tourists in the year 2018 had arrived from Bangladesh, the United States and Britain. Apart from these three countries, Sri Lanka, Canada, Australia, Malaysia, China, Germany and Russia are among the Top 10 nations. During this period, foreign exchange income also increased.
The World Health Organisation WHO has declared the novel coronavirus or Covid-19 as a pandemic. India suspends all tourist visas till April 15 and issues guidelines and advisories. US too suspends all travel from Europe #Covid19 #Coronavirus #WHO pic.twitter.com/qc7BCok2yK— GoNewsIndia (@GoNews_India) March 12, 2020