PM Narendra Modi announced e-Visa facility for Chinese Tourists

May 16, 2015 13:00 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 15 May 2015 announced electronic tourist visa (e-Visa) facility for Chinese nationals.

The decision was announced in Beijing, China during his three day visit starting from 14 May 2015.

It is in tune with the Joint Statement issued by Modi and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang after conclusion of bilateral talks during the visit which called for development of tourism sector and increasing people-to-people exchanges between the two countries.

Incidentally, India designated 2015 as Visit India Year in China to augment Chinese tourist arrivals and tourist revenues.

The above steps by the Indian Government are aimed at attracting a bigger chunk of about 100 million Chinese tourists who visited abroad in 2014.

India, despite having huge tourist potential for Chinese by virtue of having many Buddhist holy places, it attracts less travelers (2 lakh during 2014) when compared with that of our smaller neighbours like Maldives (4 lakh), Nepal (1.4 lakh) and Sri Lanka (1.3 lakh).

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