1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Indian travel and tourism experienced a boom during 2004. There was a surge in arrivals and departures as well as robust expansion in domestic tourism. After growing by 15% in 2003, the number of incoming arrivals rose by a hefty 22% in 2004 over 2003. Not surprisingly, incoming tourism receipts also rose sharply by about 16% in 2003 and 32% during 2004.
Strong government support
The strong support provided by the government played an important role in boosting tourist arrivals. In particular, the Incredible India publicity campaign implemented by the government during 2002-2004 proved successful in attracting tourists by highlighting the diverse attractions of India. There was also a major improvement in the tourist infrastructure through both private and government initiatives.
Resurgence in departures
During 2003, departures declined by 9%, mainly because of the troubled situation in the Middle East, which is the main destination for Indians, as well as the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) crisis which adversely affected travel to South East Asian countries. However, this decline will be more than compensated for by trends during 2004, when departures are expected to rise by 20%. The rising incomes of affluent and upper-middle-income consumers led to the increasing popularity of holidays abroad and contributed to growth in departures.
Local holiday spirits
Domestic tourism is also expected to grow robustly in 2004 though not to the same extent as international arrivals and departures. Growing incomes as well as improvements in tourist facilities contributed to the expansion in domestic tourism.
The major changes in the airlines industry had a strong influence on transportation. Intense competition between private and government-owned carriers took the form of cuts in air fares. A major development was the commencement of operations of India's first low-cost no-frills airlines... [continues]
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