The number of foreign tourist arrivals (FTAs) in India in September 2017 was 7.23 lakh as compared to 6.08 lakh in September 2016 and 5.43 lakh in September 2015, according to a statement by the ministry.
“The growth rate in FTAs in September 2017 over September 2016 is 18.8% compared to 12.1% in September 2016 over September 2015,” the statement said. Most tourists came from Bangladesh (29.65%) followed by the US (10.24%), the UK (7.04%), Sri Lanka (3.98%), Australia (3.50%), Malaysia (3.32%) and Germany (2.57%), among others.
With almost 29% of FTAs, the Delhi airport remained the busiest followed by Haridaspur Land Check Post (16.06%), Mumbai Airport (13.57%) and Chennai Airport (6.56%). The ministry compiles monthly estimates of FTAs, including those with e-tourist visas, on the basis of their nationality and port, courtesy the data received from Bureau of Immigration (BOI).
September 2017 also saw a substantial rise in the number of tourists arriving on e-visas. “During the month of September 2017 total of 1.18 lakh tourist arrived on e-tourist visa as compared to 0.69 lakh during September 2016, registering a growth of 71%,” the statement said.
From January to September this year, 10.67 lakh tourists arrived on e-tourist visa as compared to 6.75 lakh during the same period last year, registering a growth of 58%, it said. Most tourists with e-visas used the Delhi airport (53.4%) as their port of arrival, followed by Mumbai airport.