Indian Ministry of Tourism to create special wedding and film tourism circuits to attract foreigners and NRIs

The demonetization move in India may have dampened the spirits of the wealthy (temporarily), but we doubt it can stop the rich Indians from having their big fat weddings.

Many are already aware that Indian films and Indian weddings are a craze abroad. For some time now, The ministry has been getting several enquiries about royal weddings in Rajasthan and Indian-style beach weddings in Goa.

To capitalize on this business opportunity, the Ministry now plans to develop special wedding and film tourism circuits to attract foreigners and NRIs to India.

The ministry is promoting tourism circuits on various themes such as spiritual, desert, Buddhist, Ramayana, Krishna, medical and wellness, North East and heritage.

The tourism ministry feels there’s a lot of potential in the medical and wellness tourism, but it can be fully harnessed only if infrastructure (especially road and air connectivity) is improved in India.

  • Air connectivity is being improved under the Swadesh Darshan scheme. There are also plans to upgrade 50-60 airports in the next couple of years.
  • There’s also shortage of good hotel rooms, for which state tourism departments have been promoting home stays.
  • Foreign tourists can also opt for e-tourist visas now, instead of visas on arrival (fingerprint and biometric details can be submitted after reaching the airport).

Watch: Royal Destination Wedding in Jodhpur, Rajasthan