India Tourism Drops 25 Percent

    Two Indian men watch a foreign tourist at a market in New Delhi on March 20, 2013. Campaigners welcomed a toughening of laws in India for sex crimes but said they were not enough to tackle a crisis underpinned by cultural attitudes, including from "sexist" lawmakers. The Criminal Laws (Amendment) Bill, was passed the same day that a British tourist jumped off her hotel balcony in the Taj Mahal city of Agra in a bid to escape an alleged sex attack. That incident came just days after a Swiss cyclist was gang-raped in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh in a brutal assault observers said underscored risks women face in the country of 1.2 billion people. AFP PHOTO/ Andrew Caballero-Reynolds        (Photo credit should read Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)

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    India’s foreign tourism has dropped 25 percent—and female tourists have dropped 35 percent—in the past three months since the Delhi gang rape, according to a report by the industry body Assocham. The most cancellations are coming from the U.S., Britain, Canada—whose tourists are apparently opting for Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines. As a result, many Indian hotels have instituted new measures to help women feel safe, including allowing them to stay near elevators, a dedicated women’s wing or floor, allowing women to check right in to their rooms rather than wait in the lobby, and an increase in female staff, including butlers.

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