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Chandrahas Choudhury

Welcome to India. Please?

This winter, drop all your reservations about India -- make some reservations instead.
India wants to treat all its tourists like movie stars.

India wants to treat all its tourists like movie stars.

Photographer: Manan Vatsyayana/AFP/Getty Images

What’s the relationship between the number of tourists who visit a country and its visa policy? Some excellent data on this question will soon become available from India, which last week rolled out a new visa-on-arrival policy for citizens of 43 countries, including the U.S.

The new ruling is a long-awaited and much-needed one. India currently accounts for a measly 0.8 percent of foreign tourist arrivals in the world, or just under 7 million people in 2013. That suggests that the kind of foreign direct investment it really needs is more from individual tourists than from big multinationals such as Wal-Mart