Two of India’s biggest tourist destinations, India’s capital and Chennai, have seen a surge in scams in recent months.
The capital, New Delhi, saw a rise in the number of tourists from around 300,000 in December to more than 3 million in March, according to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).
The number of incidents recorded by the NCRB rose from 5,051 in November to 12,837 in March.
The increase in tourists is mainly due to the tourist industry being hit by the demonetisation drive.
The surge in tourists comes as the government in New Delhi has introduced strict rules for visitors, limiting the number to just two per day and banning them from going beyond their designated area, known as the tourist zone, on roads.
This has led to a drop in the population, especially the elderly and tourists who are looking for accommodation and shopping.
Some travellers have reported that they have been unable to find accommodation or have had their bags stolen.
In one case, a tourist from the southern state of Tamil Nadu said that she had gone to Chennai to visit her uncle.
“I was taken by a man and robbed at gunpoint,” she said.
“He gave me Rs 20,000 and fled.”
Tourists who were not able to find a suitable accommodation have been finding alternative ways to get around.
One woman who did not want to be named said she and her friends had been travelling from New Delhi to Chennai on foot, to avoid the curfew.
The NCRB has recorded over 12,000 scams and false complaints in the capital in the past two years, and many are reported to be the result of tourists taking the city by surprise.
“The main culprits are the tourists,” said a source who has been involved in anti-scam efforts.
“The government has introduced tough rules, but the tourist lobby is pushing them, and they are trying to get people to come here, but they don’t have enough information to be able to do anything.
They need more information from the NCB.”
India has the world’s largest tourist industry, with some 5.2 billion visitors visiting in the next three years.
In March, the NCAB said that the number was expected to reach 5.5 billion tourists in 2020.
In the capital, many hotels and guest houses have been shut down due to a ban on alcohol and drug use in public places.
The ban, imposed by the central government in December last year, has been seen as a big success for the tourism industry, as many people are returning to India after spending a year abroad.
Tourists are returning home after spending the year abroad, as the ban on drug use was lifted.
However, many of them are worried about the number and safety of the tourists coming back.
“We were worried that the tourists would return to the city.
They are staying with friends and family in the city and some are coming to visit their relatives,” a tourist who has stayed in the country for about a year said.
The problem is also compounded by the fact that many of the establishments that had opened in the Capital in the last year are now closed.
In December last, many tourist centres in New York were shut down.
“We had to stay in hotels in Chennai,” the source said.
There is also concern that the tourism economy will not recover if tourists are not able find accommodation in the cities where they want to stay.