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Published on : Wednesday, November 15, 2017
The ministry said that the number of FTAs in October 2017 was 8.76 lakh, while that of October 2016 was 7.42 lakh, thus exhibiting a growth rate of 18.1 percent year-on-year.
FTAs during January- October 2017 were 79.96 lakh, reporting a growth of 15.8 per cent over the same period in the previous year. The percentage share of FTAs in India during October 2017 saw tourists from Bangladesh on top of the list (21.66 per cent), followed by USA (11.57 per cent), UK (10.23 per cent), Sri Lanka (3.79 per cent), Canada (3.36 per cent) and Germany.
On the other hand, FTAs from China, Nepal and Rep. of Korea were the least as per data, with FTA figures of 1.93, 1.66 and 1.48 percent, respectively.
Delhi Airport saw the maximum FTAs, registering figures of 32.56 percent, followed by Mumbai Airport (14.02percent), Haridaspur Land Check Post (11.29percent), Chennai Airport (6.10per cent), Bengaluru Airport (5.19per cent) and Kolkata Airport (4.55 per cent). Amritsar and Trivandrum airport reported lowest figures of 1.53 and 1.20 per cent, respectively.
During January- October 2017, a total of 12.43 lakh foreign tourists arrived on e-tourist visa as compared to 7.81 lakh during the corresponding period last year, registering a growth of 59.2 percent.
Maximum tourists that arrived on e-tourist visa in October 2017 were from the UK (18.2 percent), followed by the USA (9.7 percent), France (6.3 percent), Germany (6.0 percent) and Australia (4.3 percent). On the other hand, lowest figures in this regard were reported from Italy (2.2 percent), Netherlands (1.9 percent) and Malaysia (1.6 percent).