Source: News Bharati English21 Apr 2017 10:32:48

New Delhi, April 21: Giving a major boost to the economy of India, Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) during the month of March 2017 were Rs.14, 953 crores as compared to Rs. 13,115 crore in March 2016 and `11,133 crores in March 2015. Whereas, Foreign Tourists Arrival (FTA) during the month of March 2017 were 9.05 lakh as compared to FTAs of 8.17 lakh in March 2016 and 7.29 lakh in March 2015.
Based on the credit data of Travel head as available from Balance of Payments of RBI for the previous year, Ministry of Tourism estimates and releases the data of Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) through tourism in India, both in rupee and dollar terms, for the current month applying suitable inflation factor and current month Foreign Tourist Arrivals data.

Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) through Tourism (in Rs. terms):

·                FEEs during the month of March 2017 were Rs.14, 953 crores as compared to Rs. 13,115 crore in March 2016 and `11,133 crores in March 2015.

·                The growth rate in FEEs in rupee terms in March 2017 over March 2016 was 14.0% compared to positive growth of 17.8% in March 2016 over March 2015.

·                FEEs during the period January- March 2017 were Rs. 46,310 crore with a growth of 14.6%, as compared to the FEE of Rs. 40,411 crore with a growth of 15.9% in January- March 2016 over January- March 2015.

Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) through Tourism (in US $ terms):

·                FEEs in US$ terms during the month of March 2017 were US$ 2.268 billion as compared to FEEs of US$ 1.958 billion during the month of March 2016 and US$ 1.783 billion in March 2015.

·                The growth rate in FEEs in US$ terms in March 2017 over March 2016 was 15.8% compared to a positive growth of 9.8% in March 2016 over March 2015.

·                FEEs during the period January-March 2017 were US$ 6.907 billion with a growth of 15.4% as compared to the FEE of US$ 5.986 billion with a growth of 6.8% in January- March 2016 over January- March 2015.

Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs):

·                The number of FTAs in March 2017 were 9.05 lakh as compared to FTAs of 8.17 lakh in March 2016 and 7.29 lakh in March 2015.

·                The growth rate in FTAs in March 2017 over March 2016 is 10.7% compared to 12.1% in March 2016 over March 2015.

·                FTAs during the period January- March 2017 were 28.45 lakh with a growth of 13.4%, as compared to the FTAs of 25.08 lakh with a growth of 10.0% in January- March 2015 over January- March 2014.

·                The percentage share of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India during March 2017 among the top 15 source countries was highest from Bangladesh (21.31%) followed by USA (10.39%), UK (10.30%), Russian Fed. (4.26%), Malaysia (3.41%), Canada (3.28%), Germany (3.03%), Sri Lanka (2.91%), China (2.83%), France (2.79%), Australia (2.54%), Japan(2.34%), Afghanistan (1.82%), Singapore (1.66%) and Iran (1.54%).

·                The percentage share of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India during March 2017 among the top 15 ports was highest at Delhi Airport (31.25%) followed by Mumbai Airport (13.73%), Haridaspur Land check post (12.23%), Chennai Airport (6.60%), Goa Airport (5.25%), Bengaluru Airport (4.85%), Kolkata Airport (4.42%), Cochin Airport (2.42%), Gede Rail Land check post (2.33%), Hyderabad Airport (2.24%), Ghojadanga land check post (1.68%), Amritsar Airport (1.56%), Tiruchirapalli Airport (1.33%), Ahmadabad Airport (1.32%) and Trivandrum (1.28%).

Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) on e-Tourist Visa:

·                During the month of March 2017 total of 1.46 lakh tourist arrived on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 1.16 lakh during the month of March 2016 registering a growth of 25.8%.

·                During January- March 2017, a total of 4.67 lakh tourist arrived on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 3.21 lakh during January-March 2016, registering a growth of 45.6%.

·                The percentage shares of top 15 source countries availing e- Tourist Visa facilities during  March 2017 were as follows:

UK (21.5%), USA (11.8%), Russian Fed (10.3%), France (6.4%), China (6.2%), Germany (4.8%), Canada (3.7%), Australia (3.7%), Korea (Rep.of) (2.2%), South Africa (1.9%), Malaysia (1.7%), Singapore (1.7%), Spain (1.6%), Netherlands (1.5%) and Japan (1.3%).

·                The percentage shares of top 15 ports in tourist arrivals on e-Tourist Visa during March 2017 were as follows:

New Delhi Airport (46.5%), Mumbai Airport (17.1%), Dabolim (Goa) Airport    (13.8%), Chennai Airport (5.5%), Bengaluru Airport (4.8%), Kochi Airport (2.9%), Kolkata Airport (2.3%), Amritsar Airport (1.8%),Hyderabad Airport (1.7%), Trivandrum Airport (1.2%), Ahmadabad Airport (1.0%), Tirchy Airport (0.6%), Jaipur Airport (0.6%),Gaya Airport (0.1%)and Luck now Airport(0.1%) .