Category Archives: MOT

e-Visa for Canadian passport-holders restored from 20 December 2022

According to an official order, those Canadian passport-holders who wish to visit India for tourism, business, medical or conference purposes, may apply for eVisa at and follow instructions contained therein. Canadian passport-holders seeking to travel to India for any purpose, not qualifying for eVisa, may apply for paper visa at The same process is applicable to Laissez-passer travel document holders. Those who have applied for visa through various BLS Centres in Canada are advised to wait for issuance of the same. All such applications will be processed on priority. Those applicants who wish to withdraw their respective visa applications may do so by visiting the website and choosing the option for Application Withdrawal’. Those who have booked appointments to apply for tourist, business, medical or conference visa at BLS Centres in Canada and would, now, like to apply for eVisa instead, are requested to vacate/cancel their appointment siots so that the same becomes available to others seeking visa/consular services.

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Great sessions, brainstorming and ideas to make convention meaningful: Rakesh Verma

Rakesh Verma, Additional Secretary, Tourism, has said that IATO has organized some great sessions and there will be brainstorming on various issues on how industry can accelerate growth and how both government and industry can work together. “I think this will be a very meaningful convention with lot of ideas to benefit the sector,” he added.

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Convention to raise the bar for inbound & workout strategies for quick recovery: Arvind Singh

Arvind Singh, Secretary, Tourism, in his address at the convention, said, “Domestic tourism has revived and is significantly above pre-COVID levels. “As the theme is ‘Inbound tourism – What Lies Ahead’, I hope this convention contributes to raising the bar for inbound tourism and everyone would workout strategies for faster recovery,” he added.

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India needs better marketing strategy by hiring experts to attract foreign visitors: Parliamentary committee

The parliamentary standing committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture, in its 331st report said that with the increased competition among various countries to attract more foreign visitors, it is an imperative need for India to prepare a better marketing strategy by hiring marketing experts to attract foreign visitors.

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MoT should ID, develop revenue-generating domestic destinations in states: Parliamentary Panel

A parliamentary panel has recommended that the Ministry of Tourism identify and develop revenue-generating domestic tourist destinations in states to promote innovation in production and service in the sector. The standing committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture, which submitted its report said that despite the fact that India offers a diverse portfolio, share of International Arrivals was merely 1.59% in 2021.

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