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Foreign tourist arrivals grow 6.5% in November 2015 over last year

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Ministry of Tourism, which 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, has observed 6.5 per cent growth in FTAs in November 2015 over November 2014. According to a PIB release, USA accounted for highest share of tourist arrivals in November. It also states that foreign exchange earned through Tourism in November 2015 amounted to INR11,610 cror

FTAs during the month of November 2015 were 8.15 lakh as compared to FTAs of 7.65 lakh during the month of November 2014 and 7.34 lakh in November 2013. There has been a growth of 6.5 per cent in November 2015 over November 2014. FTAs during the period January- November 2015 were 71.03 lakh with a growth of 4.5 per cent, as compared to the FTAs of 67.94 lakh with a growth of 10.5 per cent in January- November 2014 over January- November 2013.

The percentage share of FTAs in India during November 2015, among the top 15 source countries, was highest from USA (15.76 per cent) followed by Bangladesh (12.27 per cent), UK (11.00 per cent), Canada (4.52 per cent), Australia (4.22 per cent), Malaysia (3.43 per cent), Russian Fed. (3.42 per cent), Germany (3.34 per cent), France (2.93 per cent), Sri Lanka (2.89 per cent), China (2.83 per cent), Japan (2.51 per cent), Singapore (2.19 per cent), Nepal (1.77 per cent) and Thailand (1.58 per cent). These top 15 countries account for 74.66 per cent of total FTAs during November 2015.

The percentage share of FTAs in India surging in November 2015, among the top 15 ports, was highest at Delhi Airport (31.55 per cent ) followed by Mumbai Airport (17.71 per cent), Chennai Airport (7.39 per cent), Haridaspur Land check post (7.09 per cent), Bengaluru Airport (6.26 per cent), Goa Airport (4.61 per cent), Kolkata Airport (3.91 per cent), Hyderabad Airport (3.25 per cent), Kochi Airport (3.10 per cent), Ahmedabad Airport (2.63 per cent), Tiruchirapalli Airport (1.64 per cent), Trivandrum Airport (1.62 per cent), Gede Rail (1.44 per cent), Gaya Airport (1.10 per cent) and Amritsar Airport (0.95 per cent). These top 15 ports account for 94.25 per cent of total FTAs during November 2015.

FEEs during the month of November 2015 were INR11,610 crore as compared to INR 12,988 crore in November 2014 and INR 11,994 crore in November 2013. The FEEs during November 2015 registered a decline of 10.6 per cent over November 2014 as compared to positive growth of 8.3 per cent in November 2014 over November 2013.

FEEs from tourism during January to November 2015 were INR 1,12,958 crore, with a growth of one per cent as compared to the FEE of INR1,11,889 crore during January to November 2014.

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