New Delhi: Terror attacks and violence in the northeast have impacted tourism in the region, but the good news is that local tourism tends to pick up as soon as the situation stabilises after every terror episode. This finding is part of an official tourist inflow study that the state department of tourism has undertaken.
Figures collected during 2003, 2004 and 2005 show steady increase in tourist arrival despite several incidents of violence and extremist attacks during this period.
A total of 33,99,521 tourists arrived in the northeast in 2004 against 31,30,950 in 2003, showing an increase of 8.6%.
Similarly, a total of 35,07,958 tourists arrived in the region in 2005, marking an increase of 3.2%.
However, tourist arrivals in certain states showed a decline in the past two years. In Arunachal Pradesh, the figure went down from 5,009 in 2004 to 3,294 in 2005.
In Tripura, 2,64,078 tourists arrived in 2004, but in 2005 the number fell to 2,19,007. In Manipur, 4,45,902 tourists arrived in 2004 but this fell to 3,81,000 next year.
Senior officials in the tourism ministry said the government was taking several measures to attract more foreign tourists to India despite unfavourable conditions in some parts of the country and incidents of criminal assaults on travellers.
The measures include provision of tourist police at specific places and better lighting in and around monuments and spots that attract tourists.