HYDERABAD: Foreign tourists in India who are in distress can call a helpline that has been set up by the ministry of tourism, Government of India. In an advisory, the High Commission of India in Kampala, Uganda, notified about a 24/7 helpline for tourists in India. According to the High Commission, tourists can call a toll free number 1800111363 or a short code 1363 which is a multi-lingual help desk.
Information will be provided in 10 languages including Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. “The helpline advises callers during the times of distress while travelling in India and also alerts the authorities concerned, if required,” the High Commission said in the note. Domestic tourists can also get in touch on the helplines. The objective of starting the helpline is to provide tourists a sense of security and safety.
According to official statistics, there were 9.05 lakh foreign tourist arrivals (FTA) in India during the month of March 2017. The number went up compared to the previous years during the same month. It was 8.17 lakh in March 2016 and 7.29 lakh in March 2015.
From January to March, 2017, the total number of foreign tourists were 28.45 lakh. Most tourists come from Bangladesh with 21.31% with those from the US being a second with 10.39 per cent. The other countries from where tourists come in large numbers are UK, Russian Federation, Malaysia, Canada, Germany, Sri Lanka, China, France, Australia, Japan, Afghanistan, Singapore and Iran.
The most arrivals are at Delhi, Mumbai, Haridaspur land check post, Chennai, Goa, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Cochin, Gede Rail Land checkpost, Hyderabad, Ghojadanga land check post, Amritsar, Tiruchirpalli, Ahmedabad and Thiruvananthapuram.
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