15 August 2008

Massive surge in tourists to India

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The Tourism Ministry in India has announced a record amount of international tourists have holidayed in India in the first half of this year, reports ExpressIndia.com, despite travel warnings from foreign governments.

The increase of 11.2 per cent in the first six months of this year has taken the number of international tourists to 2,660,337, while the foreign exchange earning has increased by 22.2 per cent.

The tourism increase persevered despite warnings from the UK, US and Canadian governments to avoid certain areas because of the Darjeeling Gorkhha strike, Gurjjar protest and Jaipur bomb blast.

The Tourism Ministry disputed the advisory warnings, saying they were unnecessary and damaging to India’s tourism industry, which contributes significantly to the Indian economy.

Skilled workers are also increasingly migrating to India where they are finding good employment opportunities and a life less ordinary.  Over 30,000 foreigners live and work in India and 3,000 foreigners are currently searching for a job on Monster.com India, says CNN.  Kris Lakshmikanth, founder and CEO of Head Hunters India told the news agency he receives at least three emails a week from people in the US, and at least one a week from Europe, asking about jobs in India.  "It’s the future," he said.

"We need overseas people to work in our country," he added. "In fashion, health care, biotechnology, there are areas where India needs special knowledge that is available in the U.S. and Europe. The other thing we need are people who can speak different languages, American English, French, German." 

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Article by Jessica Bird, Worldwide Visa Bureau.

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