Indian officials are warning of “very serious” consequences from “high risk” tourism from mainland China.
India has already banned Chinese tourists from entering the country since September, amid an ongoing dispute over the disputed territory.
China has become the world’s second-largest economy, after the United States, and is seen as a major investor in India. “
The Indian government takes these events very seriously and takes all necessary measures to ensure that they are not exploited by local authorities, especially in sensitive tourist areas.”
China has become the world’s second-largest economy, after the United States, and is seen as a major investor in India.
The Indian Tourism Board (ITB) last month said there had been a 1,000% rise in the number of mainland Chinese tourists entering the Indian territory, while official figures released in June showed that there were more than 14 million Chinese visitors visiting India last year.
China, which has a population of 1.4 billion, has been expanding its presence in the Indian tourism industry in recent years, boosting ticket sales and attracting Chinese nationals to its shores.
Earlier this year, China’s state-owned airline, China Southern Airlines, said it was considering opening Chinese-themed hotels in Indian airports.
According to the Indian Tourism Authority, the average price for an Indian holiday in 2017 was $2,400, compared to $2.50 for a Chinese holiday.
Chinese President Xi Jinping visited India last month and said the two countries were close to a “golden agreement” on trade, but did not rule out any further trade disputes.
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