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FTAs grew by 15.2% in December
 
48.3% growth in Foreign Tourist Arrivals on e-Tourist visaFTAs grew by 15.2% in December

India has recored a healthy growth in Foreign Tourist arrivals in the month of December 2017 as compared to same month the previous year. This growth data is considered to be a significant parameter of health of country’s tourism industry. Similar increase has ben noticed in arrivals of foreign tourists on e-VISA, as per the data revealed by the tourism ministry. Ministry of Tourism compiles monthly estimates of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) & FTAs on e-Tourist Visa on the basis of Nationality-wise, Port-wise data received from Bureau of Immigration (BOI).

Around 12 lakh foreign tourists came to India in December 2017FTAs grew by 15.2% in December


The number of FTAs in December, 2017 was 11.76 lakh as compared to FTAs of 10.21 lakh in December, 2016 and 9.13 lakh in December, 2015. The growth rate in FTAs in December, 2017 over December, 2016 was 15.2%, compared to 11.9% in December, 2016 over December, 2015. FTAs in the year 2017 were 101.77 lakh with a growth of 15.6% over 2016, compared to FTAs of 88.04 lakh with a growth of 9.7% is 2016 over 2015.

Most tourists to India came from BangladeshFTAs grew by 15.2% in December


The percentage share of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India during December, 2017 among the top 15 source countries was highest from Bangladesh (19.04%) followed by USA (16.90%), UK (10.41%), Australia (5.31%), Canada (3.85%), Russian Fed. (3.79%),Malaysia (3.11%), Germany (2.08%), China (2.06%),  Sri Lanka (2.01%), Singapore (1.85%), France (1.81%), Japan (1.64%), Thailand (1.60%)  and Italy (1.44%). The percentage share of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India during December 2017 among the top 15 ports was highest at Delhi Airport (25.80%) followed by Mumbai Airport (17.31%), Haridaspur Land Check Post (9.75%), Chennai Airport (6.36%), Bengaluru Airport (5.33%), Dabolim (Goa) Airport, (5.29%), Kolkata Airport (4.95%), Cochin Airport (3.92%), Hyderabad Airport (3.02%), Ahmadabad Airport (2.63%), Gede Rail Land Check Post (1.94%), Trivandrum Airport (1.64%), Trichy Airport (1.44%), Ghojadanga Land Check Post (1.26%) and Sonauli Land Check Post  (1.14%).

17 lakh tourists came to India on e-VISA in 2017FTAs grew by 15.2% in December


During the month of December, 2017, a total of 2.41 lakh foreign tourists arrived on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 1.62 lakh during the month of December, 2016 registering a growth of 48.3%. In the year 2017, a total of 16.97 lakh foreign tourists arrived on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 10.80 lakh in 2016, registering a growth of 57.2%.

Delhi & Mumbai are the top ports for FTAsFTAs grew by 15.2% in December

The percentage share of top 15 source countries availing e- Tourist Visa facilities during  December, 2017 was as follows: UK (17.5%), USA (13.8%), Russian Federation (6.0%), Australia (5.2%), China (4.9%), Canada (4.7%), France (3.9%), Germany (3.9%), Italy (3.1%), South Africa (3.0%), Thailand (2.6%), Korea (Rep. of) (2.3%), Singapore (2.0%), Spain (1.7%) and UAE (1.5%). The percentage share of top 15 ports in foreign tourist arrivals on e-Tourist Visa during December, 2017 was as follows:-
New Delhi Airport (38.3%), Mumbai Airport (21.0%), Dabolim (Goa) Airport (11.1%), Chennai Airport (6.3%), Bangalore Airport(5.7%), Kochi Airport (4.4%), Kolkata Airport (2.8%), Hyderabad Airport (2.3%), Trivandrum Airport (1.7%), Ahmadabad Airport (1.6%), Amritsar Airport (1.2%),Gaya Airport (0.9%), Jaipur Airport (0.7%), Tirchy Airport (0.7%) and Calicut Airport (0.3%).

 
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