13% growth in foreign tourism arrival in February 2017

The number of foreign tourist arrivals (FTAs) recorded in February, 2017 stood at 9.56 lakh f 8.47 lakh in February 2016 and 7.61 lakh in February, 2015.

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).

The following are the important highlights regarding FTAs & FTAs on e-Tourist Visa from tourism during the month of February, 2017.

Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs):

The number of FTAs in February, 2017 were 9.56 lakh as compared to FTAs of 8.47 lakh in February, 2016 and 7.61 lakh in February, 2015.

The growth rate in FTAs in February, 2017 over February, 2016 is 13.0% compared to 11.3% in February, 2016 over February, 2015.

FTAs during the period January- February 2017 were 19.40 lakh with a growth of 14.7%, as compared to the FTAs of 16.91 lakh with a growth of 9.0% in January- February 2016 over January- February 2015.

The percentage share of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India during February 2017 among the top 15 source countries was highest from Bangladesh (17.46%) followed by  UK (12.20%), USA (11.83%), Russian Fed. (4.29%), Canada (4.26%), France (3.25%), Germany (3.11%), China (2.96%), Sri Lanka (2.91%), Australia (2.62%), Malaysia (2.55%), Japan(2.26%), Thailand (1.83%), Afghanistan (1.73%), and Nepal (1.50%).

The percentage share of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India during February 2017 among the top 15 ports was highest at Delhi Airport (31.86%) followed by Mumbai Airport (16.10%), Haridaspur Land checkpost (9.44%), Chennai Airport (6.72%), Goa Airport (5.58%), Bengaluru Airport (5.14%), Kolkata Airport (4.75%), Cochin Airport (2.61%), Hyderabad Airport (2.49%), Gede Rail Land checkpost (2.43%), Ahmadabad Airport (2.03%), Amritsar Airport (1.49%), Trivandrum (1.37%), Ghojadanga land checkpost (1.24%) and Gaya Airport (1.24%).

Foreign Tourist Arrivals on e-Tourist Visa

During the month of February, 2017 total of 1.70 lakh tourist arrived on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 1.17 lakh during the month of February 2016 registering a growth of 45.2%.

During January- February 2017, a total of 32.18 lakh tourist arrived on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 20.54 lakh during January-February 2016, registering a growth of 56.7% .

The percentage shares of top 15 source countries availing e- Tourist Visa facilities during  February, 2017 were as follows:

UK (26.1%), USA (11.0%), France (7.3%), Russian Fed (7.3%), China (5.1%), Germany (4.8%), Canada (3.9%), Australia (3.4%), Korea (Rep.of) (2.2%), Netherlands (1.9%), Ukraine (1.5%), South Africa (1.5%), Spain (1.3%), Singapore (1.2%) and Sweden (1.2%).

The percentage shares of top 15 ports in tourist arrivals on e-Tourist Visa during February, 2017 were as follows:-

New Delhi Airport (42.0%), Mumbai Airport (19.6%), Dabolim (Goa) Airport    (13.3%), Chennai Airport (6.3%), Bengaluru Airport (4.9%), Kochi Airport (3.6%), Kolkata Airport (2.3%), Hyderabad Airport (2.0%) Trivandrum Airport (1.7%), Amritsar Airport (1.7%), Ahmadabad Airport (1.5%), Jaipur Airport (0.5%), Tirchy Airport (0.4%), Gaya Airport (0.2%)and Lucknow Airport(0.1%) .

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