Published on : Wednesday, December 13, 2017
The ministry of tourism gas released a statement on Tuesday mentioning that the foreign tourist arrivals (FTA) has witnessed a 56.2% growth on e-tourist visa in November 2017 as compared to November last year.
Furthermore there also has been an increase of 14.4% in overall FTAs in November 2017 as compared to the same period last year as per that statement.
The foreign tourist arrivals included Bangladesh (16.77%) followed by USA (14.77%), UK (9.93%), Russia (4.41%), Canada (4.39%) and Australia were a few of the leading nations flying into India last month, Delhi Airport (29.76%) followed by Mumbai followed by Mumbai Airport (17.20%), Haridaspur Land Check Post (8.40%), Chennai Airport (5.78%), Bengaluru Airport (5.44%), Dabolim (Goa) Airport were among the top airports receiving the guests.
In November 2017 about 2.14 lakh foreign travellers had arrived here via e-tourist visa as compared to 1.37 lakh in the month of November, 2016 registering a growth of nearly 56.2%.
The number of FTAs increased to 10.05 lakh in November 2015.
Many initiatives have been taken by the Ministry of Tourism to enlarge the scope of FTAs in varied tourism sectors including wellness and medical, adventure, golf, cruise, rural and also to strengthen tourism in the north-eastern region.
According to the FDI policy of 2017 about 100% foreign direct investment is permitted on the automatic route in tourism and hospitality sector and 100% FDI is permitted on the automatic route in tourism construction projects including the construction of hotels, resorts and recreational facilities.
This implies that foreign-based firms can open up their own hotels and restaurants in tourist areas without the requirement of an Indian partner.
As per the data offered by IBEF, tourism sector in India accounts for about 9.6% of the GDP and is actually the third largest foreign exchange earner for the nation.