New Delhi: Foreign tourist arrivals In India in August increased by nearly 12 per cent compared to a year ago, announced the Union Ministry of Tourism on Tuesday.
Bangladesh accounted for the highest share of tourist arrivals followed by the US and UK in August 2016.
India earned Rs.12, 903 crore in foreign exchange through tourism in August 2016.
Ministry of Tourism compiles monthly estimates of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) on the basis of nationality-wise, port-wise data received from Bureau of Immigration (BOI) and Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) from tourism on the basis of data available from the Reserve Bank of India.
FTAs in Aug 2016 were 6.70 lakh, up 11.8 per cent compared to FTAs of 5.99 lakh in Aug 2015. In Aug 2014, India recorded FTA of 5.76 lakh.
FTAs during the period January- August,, 2016 were 55.92 lakh with a growth of 10.2 per cent compared to the FTAs of 50.73 lakh with a growth of 4.6 per cent in January- August, 2015 over January- August, 2014.
The percentage share of Foreign Tourist Arrivals in India during August, 2016 among the top 15 source countries was highest from Bangladesh (16.61%) followed by the US (12.59%), UK (10.57%), Sri Lanka (5.92%), Malaysia (3.41%), China (2.77%), Japan (2.75%), Canada (2.63%), Germany (2.57%),France (2.54%),Australia (2.40%), Oman (2.19%), Nepal (1.95%), Singapore (1.91%) and UAE (1.68%).
The percentage share of Foreign Tourist Arrivals in India during August 2016 among the top 15 ports was highest at Delhi Airport (28.38%) followed by Mumbai Airport (17.32%), Chennai Airport (10.17%), Haridaspur Land check post (9.10%), Bengaluru Airport (6.83%), Cochin Airport (5.08%), Hyderabad Airport (3.98%),Kolkata Airport (3.93%), Gede Rail (2.05%), Trivandrum Airport (1.72%), Ahmadabad Airport (1.68%),Tiruchirapalli Airport (1.64%), Ghojadanga land check post (1.07%), Amritsar (1.05%) and Attari-Wagh (1.05%).
Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) from tourism in India during Aug 2016 were Rs.12, 903 crore as compared to Rs. 11,411 crore in Aug 2015 and Rs. 10,385 crore in Aug 2014. In dollar terms, it was US$ 1.927 billion, US$ 1.752 billion and US$ 1.706 billion, respectively.
FEEs from tourism in rupee terms during January- August, 2016 were Rs. 1,00, 287 crore with a growth of 14.7% as compared to the FEE of Rs. 87,428 crore with a growth of 9.6% during January-August, 2015 over January- August, 2014.
The same in dollar terms was US$ 14.922 billion in January- August, 2016 were with a growth of 7.8% as compared to the US$ 13.839 billion with a growth 4.9% during January- August , 2015 over January- August, 2014.
– India Blooms News Service