Decline in Tourism to India

India is an extremely popular tourist destination with travellers and holidaymakers from all over the world; however a recent rise in sexual attacks against women has seen a significant drop in tourism to the country.

Following the fatal gang rape of a woman on a bus in Delhi in December 2012, India has seen a 35% fall in female tourists, many of whom actually cancelled trips because of fears for their personal safety.

According to statistics and a survey by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India, overall tourism to India has fallen by 25% so far this year. Crime is obviously a massive factor is this downturn, especially when you consider statistics which revealed that in the first three months of 2013; Molestation has risen by nearly 600%, and rape cases by nearly 150%.

Many countries have now issued warnings against travelling to India, following a further six complaints from female tourists who have been attacked or traumatised since December 2012 alone.

The Foreign Commonwealth Office has issued the following warning;

“If you are a woman travelling in India you should respect local dress codes and customs and avoid isolated areas, including beaches, when alone at any time of day. Avoid travelling alone on public transport, or in taxis or auto-rickshaws, especially at night. If you have to use a taxi get them from hotel taxi ranks and use pre-paid taxis at airports. Try to avoid hailing taxis on the street. If you are the victim of abuse call “100” for police assistance (“112” from mobile phones).” (

For more information and advice on travelling to India, visit the FCO website.

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