India to drive global aviation growth: Giovanni Bisignani , IATA Indian air travel to grow 20% each year for the next 5 years. Government and private operators will invest $20 billion in aircraft and infrastructure over the next five years, with the number of passenger aircraft doubling to 400.
Boom in Air Travel:
Overall aircraft movements have increased by 15.3%
International (19.7%) & domestic (14.1%)
Overall passenger traffic has increased by 24.3%
International (17.9%) & domestic (25.9%)
Overall cargo traffic increased by 21.9%
Open sky policy Modernization of Airports Low Cost Operations
India : now recognized as a year round destination.
World over India is perceived predominately as a October to April winter destination.
Marketing initiatives by both the Government and the Private sector is now successfully addressing & changing this perception.
Cultural tourism & Round Trips – covering the popular circuits comprising of the Golden Triangle, Rajasthan, N. India & in South the well known temples, backwaters & beaches.
Mass tourism – Goa is a tourism based economy and a leader in this sector, is all set to promote mass tourism. Goa also won the 2nd most popular winter destination in UK.
Kashmir – With revival of tourism in 2005, the state witnessed a 40 per cent increase in tourism related activities, due to return of normalcy resulting in the lifting of travel advisories in most countries.
Commonwealth Games 2010 – the government is investing in infrastructure, to further develop tourism in and around Delhi.
North East – States such as Sikkim, Arunachal, Assam and Nagaland have emerged as major players. The major focus in 2005 was to develop tourism infrastructure in the region. These states have witnessed a quantum leap in tourist inflow.
New States – Uttaranchal for e.g. which attracted 14 million tourists in 2004 witnessed a growth of 40% in 2005. Major focus on marketing to attract high spending tourists, initiatives to create world-class infrastructure.
Beautiful South – Aggressive marketing has helped achieve over 25% growth in tourism in southern states. Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka are witnessing an upswing in foreign tourists, other than Kerala.