India registers whopping growth in tourism sector by Foreign Tourist Arrivals in June 2017
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 18-Jul-2017

New Delhi, July 18: Tourism giving a boost to the economy of India, Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) during the month of June 2017 was Rs.13,088 crore as compared to Rs. 10,677 crore in June 2016 and Rs.9,564 crore in June 2015. Whereas, Foreign Tourists Arrival (FTA) during the month of June 2017 were 6.70 lakh as compared to FTAs of 5.47 lakh in June 2016 and 5.12 lakh in June, 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 June 2017 were  Rs.13,088 crore as compared to Rs. 10,677 crore in June 2016 and Rs.9,564 crore in June 2015.

·           The growth rate in FEEs in rupee terms in June 2017 over June 2016 was 22.6% compared to growth of 11.6% in June 2016 over June 2015.

·           FEEs during the period January- June 2017 were Rs. 87,096 crore with a growth of 19.7%, as compared to the FEE of Rs.72,749 crore with a growth of 13.6% in January- June 2016 over January- June 2015.

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

·           FEEs in US$ terms during the month of June 2017 were US$ 2.031 billion as compared to FEEs of US$ 1.587 billion during the month of June 2016 and US$ 1.498 billion in June 2015.

·           The growth rate in FEEs in US$ terms in June 2017 over June 2016 was 28.0% compared to a positive growth of 5.9% in June 2016 over June 2015.

·           FEEs during the period January-June 2017 were US$ 13.230 billion with a growth of 22.3% as compared to the FEE of US$ 10.818 billion with a growth of 6.0% in January- June 2016 over January- June 2015.

 

Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs):

·           The number of FTAs in June 2017 were 6.70 lakh as compared to FTAs of 5.47 lakh in June 2016 and 5.12 lakh in June, 2015.

·           The growth rate in FTAs in June 2017 over June 2016 is 22.5% compared to 6.8% in June, 2016 over June 2015.

·           FTAs during the period January- June 2017 was 48.85 lakh with a growth of 17.2%, as compared to the FTAs of 41.69 lakh with a growth of 8.4% in January- June 2016 over January- June 2015.

·           The percentage share of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India during June 2017 among the top 15 source countries was highest from Bangladesh (29.23%) followed by USA (19.70%), UK (6.14%), Malaysia (3.82%), Australia (2.56%), China (2.52%), Singapore (2.31%), Sri Lanka (2.24%), Japan (2.21%), Canada (2.19%), France (1.96%), Germany (1.92%), Nepal (1.84%), Republic of Korea (1.50%) and Afghanistan (0.98%).

·           The percentage share of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India during June 2017 among the top 15 ports was highest at Delhi Airport (22.16%) followed by Haridaspur Land Check Post (17.06%), Mumbai Airport (14.98%), Chennai Airport (9.06%), Bengaluru Airport (6.72%), Kolkata Airport (4.82%), Hyderabad Airport (4.37%), Cochin Airport (3.57%), Gede Rail Land Check Post (3.09%),Ghojadanga Land Check Post (2.08%), Tiruchirapalli Airport (1.93%), Ahmadabad Airport (1.60%), Trivandrum Airport (1.35%), Hilli Land Check Post (0.94%) and Changrabandha Land Check Post (0.86%).

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

·           During the month of June 2017 total of 0.67 lakh tourist arrived on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 0.37 lakh during the month of June 2016 registering a growth of 81.7%.

·           During January-June 2017, a total of 7.17 lakh tourist arrived on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 4.72 lakh during January-June 2016, registering a growth of 52.0%.

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

USA (17.7%), UK (10.8%), China (6.8%), Australia (5.2%), Singapore (5.1%), Korea (Rep.of) (4.5%), France (4.3%), Germany (3.9%), Canada (3.4%), Malaysia (2.6%), Spain (2.2%), South Africa (1.7%), Thailand (1.6%), Netherlands (1.5%) and Italy (1.4%).

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

New Delhi Airport (42.4%), Mumbai Airport (20.6%), Chennai Airport (10.0%), Bengaluru Airport (9.2%), Kochi Airport (3.7%), Hyderabad Airport (3.3%), Kolkata Airport (2.8%), Tirchy Airport (1.8%), Ahmadabad Airport (1.4%), Trivandrum Airport (1.3%),  Amritsar Airport (0.9%), Cochin Seaport( 0.7%), Dabolim (Goa) Airport (0.5%), Pune Airport(0.3%) and Jaipur Airport (0.3%).

Tourism in India has been getting a good response due to several effective steps were taken by the government. However, as the tourism is flourishing, the country's economy is also getting a massive hike.