Tourism Industry in India: From travel to business

सभी का स्वागत है। Are you thinking about working in the tourism industry in India?

If you want to open a tourism business in India, go further and read this article that will tell you  everything you need to know before investing in this wonderful country full of history and cultural diversity.


A bright Economic context:

By 2016, India was the fastest growing economy in the world. According to the IMF, it will remain one of the fastest growing countries for at least the next 5 years. In 2019, it is still considered to be one of the most likely economies to be the fastest growing.

In 2018, India became the 6th largest economny in the world. Indian GDP has doubled within the last 10 years and professionals believe that it will continue growing during the coming years. This view was confirmed in 2019 as it is predicted to overtake the UK and become the 5th largest economy in the world.

With the Indian Government’s “Make in India” initiative, the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) has increased in the peninsular region, making it a bright opportunity if you are looking to open a company in India, as a growing number of population are increasing their purchasing power.


The first thing to study before opening your business in India is the business culture because it can be very different from what you are used to see say in Europe. Moreover, in such a big country, habits and trends are not the same from north to south, they vary from state to state. You will also have to identify the best tourist places in India and tourist attractions in India!

To be a part of the tourism industry in India, it is recommend that you work closely with a tax advisor or a business lawyer, they will be able to assist you efficiently during the whole process.

  • Your company will need to have a legal structure that will bring credibility to the whole process. Here are a few points to consider while taking care of the legal formalities:
      •  Register your DMC as per The Companies Act (2019 Ammendment).
          • Get GST registration of your company.
          • Provide an application letter to the International Air Transport Association as well as the Government. The benefits will be:
            • A badge of credibility to your business.
            • More exposure to your business.

Moreover, you will be able to benefit from tax incentives. You will also benefit from tax exemption for the first five years of your activity because of Special Economic Zones (SEZs), after which you will be eligible for a 50% tax reduction for the years after.  


All the specialists agree that: travel industry in India is a very promising field. People from all around the world are more likely to go and visit India. You can find on the table below some numbers to highlight this trend. If your dream is to invest in tourism in India, then this might be your chance!

A picture of a normal commute in India with Auto-Rickshaws , motorbikes and cars on the roads, Tourism industry in India

If you are looking for more information about the country itself, don’t hesitate to have a look at many other articles

This is the Taj Mahal, it is one of the most visited tourist places in the world. Tourism industry in India

Prepared by the team – DIGITAL COMMANDO


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