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16.5% growth in Foreign Tourist Arrivals to India in January 2017

For the month of January 2017, the Ministry of Tourism (MoT) recorded a growth of 16.5% as compared to January 2016, surpassing the previous year's corresponding growth of 6.8% observed in January 2016 over January 2015 of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs).

Correspondingly, there has been observed a growth of 72% in the tourists arrived on E-Tourist Visa (ETV) during January 2017 over January 2016 by registering a figure of 1.52 lakh as compared to 0.88 lakh in the month of January 2016. Clearly, the share of tourists availing e-Visa facility in January 2017 has reached a level of 15.5% as against 10.4% in the month of January 2016. This clearly outlines the steady success of e-Visa facility in quantifiable terms.

During the month of January, 2017 total of 1.52 lakh tourist arrived on e-Visa as compared to 0.88 lakh during the month of January 2016 registering a growth of 72.0%.



23rd Madame Tussauds to Debut in Delhi in June this year

World famous wax museum Madame Tussauds is set to debut in India in June, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan and American pop star Lady Gaga's statues as some of the star attractions.

"Madame Tussauds will open doors in June this year," Anshul Jain, General Manager and Director of Merlin Entertainment Pvt Ltd, said at a press conference.

The first India branch of the museum will be in the capital New Delhi.



NDMC to auction Taj Mansingh in Delhi

In a major setback, the Tata Group's Indian Hotels Company (IHC) will not get a lease extension for the Taj Mahal Hotel in the heart of this city, better known as the Taj Mansingh after the road it is on. New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), the civic body for the 43 sq km area in the city centre, which owns the land on which the 294-room luxury hotel is situated, decided to proceed with inviting bids to run the place, opening the doors to competitors of IHC.

The hotel was set up in 1978, with a 33-year lease to the operator. For the past five-odd years, the civic body has wanted to call for an auction and IHC has been demanding that it get the new lease, arguing it has spent so much money to build the place's reputation.