Indian businessmen and tourists have benefited the most from Bahrain’s new visa policy according to new statistics released by the Kingdom. Indian nationals have been able to apply for eVisas from October 2014, and since then have been issued more eVisas than visitors from any of the other countries made eligible by the changes in regulations. Data reveals that from October 2014 to February 2015 752 Indian nationals received eVisas to the Kingdom of Bahrain, 33% of the approximately 2,300 eVisas issued to nationals from 32 newly eligible countries. The government of Bahrain has also announced a second phase of updates to the Kingdom’s visa policy,
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On the first day of ITB Berlin 2015 (March 4-8), an India Forum will be organised, where a panel of eminent personalities from the tourism sector will sit for a discussion on India Outbound – India Inbound, Initiatives For Peace Through Tourism – Focus On The Woman Traveller. The discussion will be held in Hall 4.1, Room Regensburg from 3 pm-4 pm, after the presentation of a brand-new Outbound Tourism Study on India, based on surveys of tourism trade organisations across nine Indian cities.
The session will be opened by Rika Jean-François, CSR Commissioner, ITB Berlin. The introductory presentations will be made by Swarup B R, Director, Stark Communications Pvt. Ltd., India; Dr Taleb Rifai, Secretary General, UNWTO; and Dr Suman Billa, Joint Secretary – Tourism, Government of India. Sheldon Santwan, COO & Editor, TravelBiz Monitor, will moderate the session. The panellists will include Hannah R Drechsel, Director, The Blue Yonder, India; Anita Mendiratta, Founder & Managing Director, CACHET CONSULTING, Lead Consultant, CNN International’s T.A.S.K.; Ajay Prakash, Founder & President, International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) India; Prof. Dr. Ajit Singh Sikand, Institute of Indology, Gutenberg University of Mainz, President/CEO, HBC Tourism Consulting; and Valsa Nair Singh, Secretary for Tourism, Government of Maharashtra.