Incredible Demonetised India: Over 30% foreigners cancel trips
The Government of India’s decision to ban high-value currency has reportedly come as a blow for the country’s tourism industry as it affected the flow of tourists.
Following the decision to scrap Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes, according to reports, more than 30% of foreigners have cancelled their trips to India in a bid to avoid the hardship.
Former Rajasthan chief minister, Ashok Gehlot, was earlier quoted by PTI as saying, “The demonetisation has affected the tourism sector the most, and foreigners are either coming in small numbers or cancelling their visit.”
The currency ban has affected hotels, restaurants and also cab services as less number of tourists arrived in the country during last weeks.
Restaurant owners reportedly complained that business has dropped drastically as people are facing problems with paying lower denominations to avail the services, TOI reported.
Reports also said foreigners touring in the country are also facing difficulties in getting their currency exchanged. Many Indian tourists rely on cash while travelling domestically due to the lack of electronic payment systems.
“Changing money has been very difficult for us but we feel very sorry for the long lines of people we see outside the banks. It was especially sad in the small towns we drove through,” An American tourist told PTI last week.
Reports also suggested foreign nationals seeking medical treatment in India have also requested doctors to postpone their surgeries and treatment.
People coming to seek medical treatments are cancelling their trips and also stressing that they will only reconsider coming to India if the situation gets resolved, IB Times reported.