Foreign Tourist Arrivals in India

Published on : Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Foreign Tourist ArrivalsThe numbers of Foreign Tourist Arrivals in India during 2013, 2014 and 2015 were 6.97 million, 7.68 million and 8.03 million, respectively.


The Ministry of Tourism does not compile revenue earned from domestic/international tourists. However, the Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) through tourism in India during the last three years are as follows:


Year FEE through tourism
2013(PR) Rs.1,07,671 Crore
2014(PR) Rs.1,23,320 Crore
2015(PR) Rs.1,35,193 Crore




(PR): Provisionally Revised


Initiatives undertaken by the Ministry of Tourism in the recent past for development and promotion of tourism and attract more tourists in the country are as below:


Ø  Introduction of facility of e-Tourist Visa for the citizens of 150 countries at 16 airports including extension of Visa on Arrival facility to the nationals of Japan.


Ø  Launch of 24×7 Toll Free Multi-Lingual Tourist Info Line handling ten international languages besides Hindi and English.


Ø  The Ministry of Tourism has launched ‘Welcome Booklet’ with information on Dos and Don’ts for tourists, contact details of India Tourism domestic offices and Tourist Helpline Number for distribution at immigration counters to tourists arriving at international airports.


Ø  Launch of Swachh Paryatan App.


Ø  Promotion of India as a holistic destination in the international markets under the Incredible India brand-line.


Ø  Organization of biennial International Buddhist Conclave.


Ø  Organization of Annual International Tourism Mart for promotion of tourism in North Eastern States.


Ø  Promotion of activities in tourist generating markets overseas through the India Tourism Offices abroad with active participation in International Tourism Events.


Ø  Financial assistance to Stakeholders and Tourism Departments of States/Union Territories for undertaking promotional activities under the Marketing Development Assistance Scheme.


This information was given by Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) and Minister of State for Civil Aviation in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

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