The government of India started issuing e-visas to citizens of 161 countries from December 2016 onwards. In 2017, India saw a 10.7 percent increase in international tourism with the improvement seen in Rajasthan tourism at 17 percent. Despite the GST coming into action, international tourists didn’t stop coming to India. GST made India a costlier destination than usual. One of the visitors, Rebecca, Canada, said that the e-visa system is fantastic because she got her visa in two days. She didn’t need to go to the Indian embassy nor had to send her passport for the same. Foreign exchange earnings increased by 15.1 percent in 2017. Before implementing GST, the luxury tax was 14 percent, but since July 2017, the tax has increased to 28 percent. So if hotels and resorts have priced their rooms at INR 7,000 or more, people will have to pay a 28 percent GST. Below that, it is 18 percent GST. As travelers avoid staying at these resorts because of the high costs, a whole new type of accommodation is flourishing.
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