Tamil Nadu dethrones Maharashtra to snatch top position in foreign tourist arrivals

Published on : Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Tamil-Nadu-NewskeralaThanks to its medical tourism industry, Tamil Nadu emerged as a surprise winner in the tourism sector among Indian states. The southern state dethroned Maharashtra last year, the top draw among foreign tourists for three preceding years, says a Union Tourism Ministry report.



The success of Tamil Nadu tourism sector has been owed to its cultural and diaspora links to countries such as Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia, which accounted for a large chunk of its tourist inflow.



Despite being termed as “the most unfriendly state in terms of tourism policy” by Rajeev Kohli, vice-president of the Indian Association of Tour Operators, Tamil Nadu also topped in domestic tourist inflow last year.



Kohli expressed surprise at the figures, however, he said the reason could be the large numbers of business and medical tourists to Tamil Nadu, compared with leisure tourists.



The temples of Tamil Nadu: the Navagraha shrines in and around Kumbakonam, the six abodes of Lord Muruga, and temples at Karaikal in Pondicherry are very popular with domestic tourists.



Foreign medical tourists opt for Tamil Nadu for its ‘good infrastructure, clean environs and availability of world-class medical facilities at affordable prices.’



Apart from Tamil Nadu, Haryana also managed to surprise by snatching a surprise top 10 spot from Goa. The appeal of Haryana’s offers of village tourism and golf tourism is being cite as the reason behind the northern state’s success.



Numbers three to nine remain the same as 2013, apart from Uttar Pradesh and Delhi switching third and fourth spots.

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