As a mark of shift towards digital payments by tourists, the Ministry of Tourism has recorded ten times increase in the sale of e-tickets at different monuments in the country. According to the ministry, the total revenue earned from e-ticketing has also increased around 60 times.
“We have provided point of sale (POS) devices at all the tourist sites in the country for e-ticketing to provide the facility of cashless purchase of tickets. The tourists are being encouraged to purchase tickets with cashless transactions,” said Mahesh Sharma, Union Minister of State (Independent) for Tourism and Culture. He further informed that the POS devices have been installed at almost all the counters of tourist sites like Taj Mahal, Red Fort, Qutub Minar, Fatehpur Sikri etc. According to the Ministry of Tourism, total 2,807 e-tickets were sold in the country from October 9 to November 8 and Rs 3.09 lakh in revenue was earned. “The number of e-tickets sold from November 9 to December 8 was 28,176 and the government earned around Rs 1.81 crore,” informed Sharma.
The tourism sector has also witnessed increase in the number of foreign tourists in November in comparison to the previous year. “In November around 7.43 per cent more tourists visited India in comparison to 2015,” he added.