Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State, Independent Charge for Tourism & Culture recently announced about the improvement in ranking of India in the Travel and Tourism Competitive Index (TTCI) by World Economic Forum (WEF).
India has moved 12 places up in this ranking from 52nd to 40th position. The tourism sector in the country has been on a growth trajectory. Earlier in the year 2015, India’s ranking in the TTCI of World Economic Forum moved from 65th position to 52nd position.
India continues to charm international tourists with its vast cultural and natural resources with a ranking of 9th and 24th respectively which are the USP’s of Indian Tourism product. In terms of price competitiveness advantage, we are ranked 10th.
The Minister mentioned that India continues to enrich its cultural resources, protecting more cultural sites and intangible expressions through UNESCO World Heritage lists, and via a greater digital presence. In terms of International openness, India is ranked 55th, up by 14 places. This has been possible through stronger visa policies. Implementing both Visas on Arrival and E-visas has enabled India to rise through the ranks.
The travel and tourism sector benefited from improvements in the country’s ground transport infrastructure, which has traditionally been a challenge. It now holds a ranking of 29th position.
“The primary reason for India’s jump in the Travel and Tourism Competitive Index 2017 should be attributed to the pro-active steps taken by our Government in terms of development of tourism infrastructure, easing of entry formalities for tourists by introducing the e-visa facilities in November 2014,” remarked Sharma.