It is a beginning of “Acche din” for country as far as tourist arrival in India is concerned. Foreign Tourists Arrivals (FTAs) during the period January – March 2016 were 25.08 lakh with a growth of 10.0% as compared to the FTAs of 22.81 lakh with a growth of 3.5% in January- March 2015 over January – March 2014. FTAs during the Month of March 2016 were 8.17 lakh as compared to FTAs of 7.29 lakh during the month of March 2015 and 6.90 lakh in March 2014, states the official release.
There has been a growth of 12.1% in March 2016 over March 2015. Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) during the month of March 2016 were INR 13,115 crore as compared to INR 11,133 crore in March 2015 and INR 10,479 crore in March 2014. 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 Reserve Bank of India.
The leading major 15 source countries for FTAs are Bangladesh (14.07%) followed by UK (13.16%), USA (11.84%), Germany (3.74%), Canada (3.57%), Sri Lanka (3.48%), Malaysia (3.45%), Russia (3.19%), China (2.92%), France (2.92%), Australia (2.83%), Japan (2.43%), Nepal (1.72%), Singapore (1.67%) and Thailand (1.60).
Delhi Airport was highest in India during March 2016 (33.82%) followed by Mumbai Airport (15.97%), Haridaspur Land check post (7.83%),Chennai Airport (7.30%), Bangaluru Airport (5.44%), Goa Airport (4.05%), Kolkata Airport (4.02%), Cochin Airport (3.76%), Hyderabad Airport (2.72%), Gede Rail (1.67%), Amritsar Airport (1.63%), Ahmadabad Airport (1.63%), Trivandrum Airport (1.48%), Tiruchirapalli Airport (1.34%) and Gaya Airport (0.96%).
Subhash Goyal, President, Indian Association of tour operator (IATO) and Chairman Stic travel says “The main reason for foreign tourist arrival in India is introduction of e-visa. The introduction of e-visa in 150 countries has helped many tourists to come to India for tourist purpose. Many people are unaware of availability of e-visa facilities, no sooner more people will come to know, more tourists will opt for it. It is a first quarter of 2016 and we are expecting heavy surge in foreign tourists by 30% to 40% by the end of this year.
Report: Sitaram Mewati