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India tourist arrival growth slowest in BRIC


LONDON
International tourist arrivals in India grew at the slowest pace in three years in 2012 and even as foreign travellers spent substantially more at domestic destinations during the year, the country fared the worst among the BRIC nations, figures released by the United Nations’ World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) show.

The number of arrivals grew at 5.4% during 2012, compared with 9.2% in the previous year and 11.8% in 2010, according to UNWTO’s final report on global tourism trends in 2012. India’s share of the global booty was about 5.5% of total tourism receipts.

India’s performance paled in comparison with other BRIC countries. China posted a surge of 31% in spending while the Russian Federation reported a growth of 28% and Brazil was third at 15% during the period, according to the report. Chinese outbound tourists emerged as top spenders, dishing out over $100 billion in 2012.

In the first half of 2013, the Chinese spent 31% more, the Russians spent 22% more and, outside of the top 10, Brazil rebounded with a 15% growth rate, after a moderate 2012, the report said.

India did not find a place in the top 10 spenders, which might be explained by the downturn in the rupee, but China stayed way ahead as a destination as well. China reported an arrival of over 50,000 international tourists who spent over $50,000 million while India hosted 6,649 tourists who spent about $17,971 million. Despite the economic downturn, Southeast Asia saw a robust growth of about 12% in arrivals while Southeast Asia grew by about 7% in 2012.

Full report here Economic Times 

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