Government wants E-visas for business travel will boost the segment further

The tourism ministry is considering a proposal to extend the e-visa facility to business travellers. Meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) is a significant segment within the tourism and hospitality sector and the government hopes e-visas for business travel will boost the segment further. Electronic visa would make it attractive for business travellers as they tend to have lesser time to plan trips than leisure tourists, Visitors can now apply 120 days in advance. A few months ago, it increased the validity from 30 to 60 days. Foreign tourist inflows on e-visa jumped 72 per cent year-on year in January to 1.52 lakh, according to the tourism ministry.

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