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         Posted on :18:47:52 Nov 13, 2017
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NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Tourism on Monday reported an 18.1 per cent increase in the number of foreign tourist arrivals (FTA) in October this year, as compared to the corresponding period last year.

According to Nationality-wise, Port-wise data received from the Bureau of Immigration (BOI), the Ministry noted that the number of FTAs in October, 2017 was 8.76 lakh, while that of October 2016 was 7.42 lakh, ths establishing a growth rate of 18.1 per cent year-on-year.

FTAs during the period January- October 2017 were 79.96 lakh, reporting a growth of 15.8 per cent over the same period of the previous year. The percentage share of FTAs in India during October 2017 saw tourists from Bangladesh emerge on top (21.66 per cent), followed by USA (11.57 per cent), UK (10.23 per cent), Sri Lanka (3.79 per cent), Canada (3.36 per cent) and Germany.

On the other hand, FTAs from China, Nepal and Rep. of Korea were the least as per data, with FTA figures of 1.93, 1.66 and 1.48 per cent respectively.

In terms of ports, Delhi Airport saw the maximum FTAs, registering figures of 32.56 percent, followed by Mumbai Airport (14.02 per cent), Haridaspur Land Check Post (11.29 per cent), Chennai Airport (6.10 per cent), Bengaluru Airport (5.19 per cent) and Kolkata Airport (4.55 per cent). Amritsar and Trivandrum airport reported lowest figures of 1.53 and 1.20 percent respectively.

Looking at available figures on FTAs arriving on e-tourist visa, during the month of October 2017, a total of 1.76 lakh foreign tourists arrived on e-tourist visa as compared to 1.05 lakh during the month of October 2016, thus registering a growth of 67.3 per cent YoY.

In the time period from January- October 2017, a total of 12.43 lakh foreign tourists arrived on e-tourist visa as compared to 7.81 lakh during the corresponding period last year, registering a growth of 59.2 per cent.

Maximum tourists that arrived on e-tourist visa in October 2017 were from the UK (18.2 per cent), followed by the USA (9.7 per cent), France (6.3 per cent), Germany (6.0 per cent) and Australia (4.3 per cent). On the other hand, lowest figures in this regard were reported from Italy (2.2 per cent), Netherlands (1.9 per cent) and Malaysia (1.6 per cent).

In terms of usage of airports, New Delhi Airport emerged on top with 53 percent, followed by Mumbai Airport (16.6 per cent), Bengaluru Airport (5.5 per cent), Chennai Airport (5.3 per cent) and Dabolim (Goa) Airport (4.5 per cent). Lowest figures in this regard came from Gaya Airport (0.6 per cent), Calicut Airport (0.4 per cent) and Trichy Airport (0.4 per cent).

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