New Delhi: The Federation of Associations in Indian Tourism & Hospitality (FAITH) has asked the government to resolve the issue of negative travel advisories issued by the US to India. The United States has recently issued a travel advisory in which India is rated at Level 4.
FAITH said in a statement on Monday that 1-4 is the highest risk rating. It is advisable for people not to travel to countries with such ratings. FAITH said, “We hope that this matter will be taken up at the government-to-government level with top priority immediately, thereby removing the negative perception towards India. The tourism industry is already bearing the worst impact of the COVID-19.”
The statement said that in addition to the protocol related to COVID-19, this rating also reflects the status of terrorism, crime against women and insurgency. According to FAITH, other countries that have been placed in this category as of August 23, 2020 include Syria, Iran, Pakistan, Iraq and Yemen.
FAITH said that America is very important in terms of Indian tourism sector. Tourists from the US stay on average 29 days at most in India. For other markets, the average is 22 days. The latest travel advisory issued by the United States against India advised American nationals to desist from travelling in India.
“As India has begun the process of opening up its air corridors, such an advisory for India is detrimental to kick-starting all leisure, business, MICE (meetings and conferences) tourists from the US,” said a statement released on Monday noon by the Federation of Associations in Indian Tourism & Hospitality (FAITH).