February 9, 2014
“GAME-CHANGER:” India Opens Up Tourist Visas. “On Wednesday, India announced it sought to extend its visa-on-arrival program to tourists from 180 countries, including the U.K., U.S. and China, in a bid to accelerate slow growth in tourism. . . . This slowdown, in part, was prompted by widespread concerns over women’s safety in India, which dominated national consciousness after the gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old student in December 2012. A series of high-profile attacks on foreigners, including the gang rape of an American last June and of a Danish tourist last month, further dented India’s image as a popular tourist destination, travel agents said.” Yeah, I think it’s going to take more than easier visas to offset that.