The Tourist Visa on Arrival scheme enabled by Electronic Travel Authorisation, launched by the Government of India in 2014 for 43 countries has led to a growth of 1,214.9 percent.
The tourism and hospitality sector is among the top 15 sectors in India to attract the highest foreign direct investment (FDI). During April 2000-February 2015, the Indian Tourism sector attracted around US$ 7,
862.08 million of FDI, according to the data released by Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP).
India ranks 13 among 184 countries in terms of travel and tourism's total contribution to gross domestic product (GDP) in 20134It was 6.8 per cent for FY14 and is the third largest foreign exchange earner for the country. India has been recognised as a destination for spiritual and medical tourism for domestic and international tourists. India is expected to receive nearly half a million medical tourists by 2015, indicating an annual growth of about 30 per cent. By 2024, foreign tourist arrivals (FTA) are expected to increase to 13.42 million, according to the World Tourism Organisation (WTO).