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Every year, travellers set out on holidays and vacations, breathing new life into the economy of the places they visit. In India, the largest service industry is tourism. More than five million foreign visitors make their way to India annually to experience the rich culture of one of the economical giants of the world.
The impact of tourism on India’s national gross domestic product is estimated at US$275.5 billion by 2018. In fact, the World Travel and Tourism Council declares India as a travel hotspot from now until 2018. People are not only drawn to India for cultural history, but they also travel for business, medical purposes, and sports such as the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
Medical tourism is on the rise in India. Travellers can receive high-quality treatments at a fraction of the prices they expect. Surgery costs average thirty percent lower than other well-known medical tourism destinations such as Thailand. Procedures people come to undergo include bone marrow transplants, cardiac surgery, orthopedic surgeries and liver transplants. India is best known for heart surgery. Access to leading medical technology at alluring rates is not the only place tourists spend their money on. Many people come seeking a taste of the unique culture and history India possesses.
India’s 5,000 year old history promises to deliver an unmatched travel experience to tourists. The Taj Mahal is one of the most familiar sights of India. Millions of travellers visit the historical site each year. Other sites that draw people in include the Mahabodi Temple, skiing in Shimla, and the stunning Lotus Temple in Dehli.