India registers 4.4% growth in foreign tourist arrivals

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Over 7 lakh foreign tourist arrivals in April 2018

NEW DELHI: A big surge in tourist arrivals in India was reported in the latest data made available on Tuesday. Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in April 2018 on e-Tourist Visa were 1,57,094 compared to 1,14,469 in April 2017, a growth of 37.2 percent. There were 7,49,477 FTAs in April 2018 compared to 7,17,899 in April 2017, a growth of 4.4 percent, according to Ministry of Tourism. FTAs during the period January-April 2018 were 38,76,021 compared to 34,98,969 in January-April 2017, a growth of 10.8 percent.

Among the top 15 source countries, highest percentage of tourists came from Bangladesh (24.32%) followed by USA (11.21%), UK (9.14%), Sri Lanka (3.48%), Australia (3.33%), Malaysia (3.06%), China (2.62%), Canada (2.53%), Germany (2.48%), France (2.33%), Japan (2.22%), Russian Federation (2.07%), Thailand (1.70%), Afghanistan (1.65%) and Nepal (1.64%).

During the period, among the top 15 airports Delhi Airport saw 28.75 percent arrivals followed by Mumbai Airport (14.46%), Haridaspur Land Check Post (11.40%), Chennai Airport (7.44%), Bengaluru Airport (5.81%), Kolkata Airport (5.58%), Cochin Airport (4.21%), and Hyderabad Airport (2.64%).

Gede Rail Land Check Post saw 2.63 percent tourist arrivals, Goa Airport (2.30%), Ghojadanga Land Check Post (1.63%), Ahmedabad Airport (1.28%), Trivandrum Airport (1.21%), Amritsar Airport (1.06%) and Chitpur Railway Station (0.99%).

During January-April 2018, a total of 9,18,792 tourist arrived on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 5,81,783 during January-April 2017, registering a growth of 57.9 percent.

The percentage shares of top 15 source countries availing e-Tourist Visa facilities during April 2018 were 16.3 percent (highest) from UK) followed by USA (11.0%), China (5.8%), Australia (5.5%), France (5.3%), Thailand (4.3%), Germany (4.0%), Canada (3.5%), Oman (3.2%), Russian Fed (3.0%), Malaysia (2.2%), Italy (2.1%), South Africa (1.8%), Spain (1.8%) and Republic of Korea (1.7%).

FTAs on e- Tourist Visa are on the basis of information received from Bureau of Immigration (BOI).

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