India: protests against a new citizenship law hurts tourism

Last Modified: Mon Dec 30 2019 07:31:28 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 200,000
    Estimated number of domestic and international tourists that have canceled or postponed their trip to the Taj Mahal as a fallout of the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 that was passed by the Parliament of India on 11 December 2019. At least 25 people have been killed in clashes between police and protesters, mostly in the state of Uttar Pradesh, where the Taj Mahal is located, and demonstrations against the law continue.
  • 60%
    Decline in visitor footfalls in December this year compared to last year according to Dinesh Kumar, a police inspector overseeing a special tourist police station near the Taj Mahal who has access to visitor data.
  • 7
    Number of countries - The United States, Britain, Russia, Israel, Singapore, Canada and Taiwan - that have issued travel advisories asking their citizens to either refrain from visiting or to exercise caution when visiting regions embroiled in India’s protests.
  • 90%
    Drop in number of tourist visiting the state of Assam this December according to Jayanta Malla Baruah, the head of the Assam Tourism Development Corp. The state is home to the world’s largest concentration of one-horned rhinoceroses, is visited on average by 500,000 tourists during December.