The new Indian government’s decision to ban all visitors from the country sparked protests and a number of deaths, but it has done little to change the way Canadians view the country.
The latest Canadian-India tourism research shows the country is still seen as an exotic destination for Canadians.
But a new survey has found that Canadians are less willing to visit India and feel unsafe travelling there.
Story continues below advertisement The research by the Canadian Tourism and Cultures Institute (CTCI) and the Canadian Institute for International Development (CIID) found that while most Canadians are still in favour of visiting India, their opinions have changed.
The institute, a leading Canadian travel research agency, conducted the survey for its latest tourism report.
The institute, which has more than 1,000 employees, is one of the few that can survey the general public about their opinions about India.
Its survey, which polled 2,000 Canadians over the course of five weeks, found that the majority of Canadians do not feel safe travelling to India, despite the government’s recent decision to bar foreign visitors from India.
“The perception is that India is a dangerous place to go to and that we should not be going there,” said Dr. Jennifer Loughlin, chief executive officer of CTCI.
“I think that sentiment is shared by many Canadians, but we don’t think about that when we go.”
The new study found that people who were asked about their opinion of India’s government also were less likely to say they would travel to the country if they could get a visa.
This was particularly true for people who said they would consider visiting India if it were possible, such as students.
The CIID survey also found that fewer Canadians would go to India for a “personal” reason, such in the case of a business trip.
But when asked about whether they would be willing to go for business, the majority, 56 per cent, said they’d be willing.
“That means the vast majority of us are willing to explore the country and see it for ourselves,” Dr. Loughins said.
However, Canadians’ attitudes towards the Indian government and its policies are changing.
In the past year, there has been a spike in attacks on foreigners in India, and more than 2,300 Canadians have died in the country’s security crackdown.
Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, has also said that the Indian Government is “on the wrong track.”
“As I said when we came here, we are a nation of immigrants and we welcome them to Canada,” Trudeau said at a press conference last month.
“And if you’re a Canadian, welcome us to Canada.”