India has been a dismal failure at attracting foreign tourists compared to even tiny nations like Croatia.
Frequent terrorist bombings in major Indian tourist hubs like Mumbai, Delhi, BangaloreÂ et al, the global recession and rape and murder of tourists must surely be causing nightmares to the somnolent pen-pushers in India’s moribund Ministry of Tourism.
As if the bombings and violent assaults on tourists were not bad enough, there’s the shockingly pathetic tourist infrastructure for travelers daring to visit India.
Now in what seems like a desperate bid to bring in tourists, India’s inept Ministry of Tourism is laying it on thick with a host of incentives via dull campaigns in magazines like theÂ New Yorker.
Here are some of the bribes India is offering these days to draw foreign tourists:
* One complimentary companion Air Ticket
* One day’s complimentary hotel stay
* One complimentary sight seeing tour in a city of your choice (or so they say)
* One complimentary rural eco-holiday at any of 15 locations
(Source: New Yorker, April 20, 2009, P.44-45)
The freebies are being offered under a “One special reason to visit India” promotion.
Wonder, what the clowns at the Ministry of Tourism will think of next? Maybe, complimentary massages at Kerala and/or complimentary nights in Kamathipura.
Also, we doubt India is offering comparable incentives for domestic tourists.
By the way, when we clicked the Visit India 2009 tab on the Incredible India web site a malware was downloaded to our PC (Mal/Iframe-F, which our security software caught fortunately. Only the buffoons at India’s Ministry of Tourism are capable of such nonsense).