India Tourist Visits Down 25% Following Fatal Delhi Gang Rape

The number of female tourists visiting India was down 35% in the first three months of 2013, according to Associated Chambers of Commerce & Industry of India. Photograph: Manpreet Romana/AFP/Getty Images

[The Guardian]

The number of foreign tourists arriving in India dropped by 25% during the first three months of this year, largely because of fears about the risk of sexual assault, according to an industry survey.

The number of female tourists fell by 35% compared with the same period last year, with Indian tour operators reporting many cancellations from January to March following the fatal gang rape of a physiotherapist on a Delhi bus last December.

The figures from the Associated Chambers of Commerce & Industry of India (Assocham) are based on a survey of 1,200 tour operators and contradict the government’s rosy picture of the tourism business.

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