DELHI: Foreign travel arrivals (FTAs) to India grew by 13.4% in September 2016 over September 2015 earning India Rs. 11,781 cr in Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEE). The total FTAs in September 2016 stood at 6.15 lakh as compared to 5.42 lakh during the month of September, 2015
Bangladesh accounted for highest share of tourist arrivals followed by USA and UK in September 2016. Rs. 11. 781 crore Foreign Exchange earned through tourism in September 2016.
Among the top 15 source countries, the highest from Bangladesh (20.58%) followed by USA (10.96%), UK (7.97%), Malaysia (4.98%), Sri Lanka (3.98%), Australia (3.47%), China (3.36%), Germany (2.83%), Japan (2.79%), Canada (2.58%), Nepal (2.16%), France (2.15%), Singapore (2.08%), Afghanistan (1.57%) and Pakistan (1.36%).
Among the top 15 ports was highest ports of entry were Delhi Airport (30.99%) followed by Mumbai Airport (16.28%), Haridaspur Land check post (11.62%), Chennai Airport (8.30%), Bengaluru Airport (6.01%), Kolkata Airport (4.43%), Cochin Airport (3.22%), Hyderabad Airport (3.01%), Gede Rail (2.28%), Tiruchirapalli Airport (1.99%), Ahmadabad Airport (1.72%),Trivandrum Airport (1.49%), Ghojadanga land check post (1.29%), Amritsar Airport (1.01%) and Attari-Wagh Land check post (0.99%).
FEEs from tourism in rupee terms during January- September, 2016 were Rs. 1,12,068 crore with a growth of 14.5% as compared to the FEE of Rs. 97,843 crore with a growth of 10.1% during January- September, 2015 over January- September, 2014.
The Ministry of Tourism compiles monthly estimates of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) on the basis of nationality, 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.
Musafir Namah Bureau