Foreign tourist arrivals witness 8.4% growth in January 2018

Foreign tourist arrivals (FTAs) witnessed a growth of 8.4% in January 2018 over January 2017, while the number of travelers on e-Tourist Visa saw 58.5% growth in the same period, according to Ministry of Tourism data.

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 details regarding FTAs and FTAs on e-Tourist Visa during the month of January 2018 are provided here as:

Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs)

The number of FTAs in January 2018 was 10.66 lakh as compared to FTAs of 9.83 lakh in January 2017, and 8.45 lakh in January 2016. The growth rate in FTAs in January 2018 over January 2017 was 8.4%, compared to 16.4% in January 2017 over January 2016.

During the month of January 2018, a total of 2.40 lakh foreign tourists arrived on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 1.52 lakh during the month of January 2017, registering a growth of 58.5%.

The percentage share of top 15 source countries availing e-Tourist Visa facilities during January 2018 was as follows:

UK (18.6%), USA (10.6%), Russian Fed (6.5%), France (5.4%), Canada (5.3%), China (4.8%), Australia (4.3%), Germany (4.0%), Korea (Rep.of) (3.9%), Oman (3.4%), Italy (2.4%), Thailand (1.9%), Israel (1.4%), Netherlands (1.4%), and South Africa (1.4%).

The percentage share of top 15 Airports in foreign tourist arrivals on e-Tourist Visa during January 2018 was as follows:

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