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Comment by Sam Scribe on September 30, 2010 at 11:58am
Here's something you might not know. According to the president of L'Orient Travel, "With a fauna species count of 89,500, India accounts for nearly 7.31% of the global fauna total, though it occupies only 2.4% of the total world area."

Naturally (or unnaturally), this is all threatened by sprawl. What's to be done?
Comment by Ed Wetschler on September 4, 2010 at 9:44pm
Thanks for shedding some light on this, Anil; now it makes more sense.
Comment by Anil on September 4, 2010 at 6:06pm
While the 2-month rule has been in place, a while; and preventing terrorism the given official reasoning - It is to discourage people living in India on a back-to-back visas. India to begin with is not an immigrant friendly country. People were using tourist visas to do a back-to-back long term living. Long term (5-10 year) tourist visas were used to go outside for a day and return back to start the 180 day per visit restriction. Both UK an US are just posturing. Visitors can get a waiver or exception from local missions if there is a genuine need.

Try entering US on a tourist visa and do the same thing ? Legitimate tourists are never prevented from re-entering if there is a detailed itn. for touring neighboring countries on a trip. The regulation was enforced towards the end of 2009. The only loud segment protesting are folks who go live on tourist visas for years.
No one complains about the VWP visitors to US :-)

An Old link from Dec 2009
Comment by Ed Wetschler on September 4, 2010 at 3:53pm
There's a story in the Guardian today about the UK and the US governments protesting new regulations in India that prevent tourists from re-entering India within two months of their last visit. Can this really hurt the UK and US more than it hurts India?
Comment by Anil on August 26, 2010 at 1:11am
In the course of the day, I get more than a fair share of search engines, websites to check. Last month I was forwarded a meta travel search engine for indian air,train travel. Unlike ixigo, cleartrip etc. this engine is unique that it takes simple english sentences and presents you with the results. Try it.
Comment by Ed Wetschler on August 24, 2010 at 11:44am
Interesting report, Anil. Thank you.
Comment by Anil on August 23, 2010 at 11:10am
I was in India past Feburary, and talked to a lot of people about the state of the economy. Th financial meltdown did not impact the indian financial institutions. The economy remained robust; only impact was in the outsourced IT sector. Hotels in India are as such heavily taxed, so their boom bust cycles are based on business and high end tourist sector. The backpacker hotels remain insulated.
Comment by Ed Wetschler on August 23, 2010 at 11:01am
Indian Travel Industry Makes a Comeback

eTurboNews: "While the US is still debating whether it is a "V" or "W" shaped economic recovery from the Great Recession, the Indian hotel industry has staged a recovery as steep as the decline it witnessed in 2009."

Moreover, hotels are getting rave reviews and developers are planning to create additional premium hotels.

But will the boom / comeback last?
Comment by Anil on August 18, 2010 at 9:32am
I talked to one person connected to this vertical (Medical Tourism) and his view is that majority of folks on medical tourism (and there are a few) go to relax in the beaches of Goa, even when their immune system is not fully recovered from post-operation. This leads to complications, as post recovery is not in a sterile controlled environment.
Comment by Ed Wetschler on August 18, 2010 at 9:19am
Mariellen, the Toronto Star reports that even Indian doctors acknowledge that the antibiotic-resistant bacteria are very much for real. However, the Indian physicians say it wasn't their fault, but that of the West's doctors, because our docs prescribe too many antibiotics. (All Greek to me; I was a history major.)

Sam, Indian hospitals report no slowdown in medical tourism since that Lancet report came out. But could that be because people were already booked and committed -- and that they will start backing out now?



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