Excerpt from DA
On Monday, India's tourism minister Mahesh Sharma told the Indian news agency PTI that the Home Ministry has given the green light for Tourism to provide foreign tourists - who arrive in the country using electronic tourist visas - with SIM cards when they arrive in India.
"We had a number of meetings with the Home Ministry with regard to providing SIM cards to foreigner tourists when they land in India," Sharma said. "The Ministry has finally agreed to our proposal. Now, it will take some time to start the facility."
Sharma hopes the initiative can launch on September 27, the UN's World Tourism Day.
According to a report by the World Travel & Tourism Council, tourism accounted for as much as six percent of India's total GDP in 2015. By smoothing logistics for tourists, India hopes to improve its reputation amongst visitors and increase the flow of visitors.
India's e-tourist visa scheme, available for citizens of 150 countries, has been described as a 'game-changer.' Foreign tourist arrivals surged from 6.3 million in 2011 to 8.03 million last year.
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