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Inbound Tourism Statistics

Foreign Tourists In India (Number)
  2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
January 283750 228150 274215 337345 385977 459489 532088 584765
February 262306 227529 262692 331697 369844 439090 498806 560658
March 248965 225558 218473 293185 352094 391009 444186 509926
April 185338 155378 160941 223884 248416 309208 333945 369677
May 151098 132998 141508 185502 225394 255008 267758 290785
June 176716 143100 176324 223122 246970 278370 310104 344526
July 224432 186432 225359 272456 307870 337332 377474 -
August 196517 161477 204940 253301 273856 304387 360089 -
September 162326 151721 191339 226773 257184 297891 325893 -
October 181605 212191 260569 307447 347757 391399 440715 -
November 209685 243566 290583 385238 423837 442413 510987 -
December - - 319271 417527 479411 541571 575148 -
 
Total 2282738 2073025 2726214 3457477 3918610 4447167 4977193 2660337


Percentage Changes in foreign tourists arrival
  2002/01 2003/02 2004/03 2005/04 2006/05 2007/06 2008/07
January -19.6 22.0 23.0 14.5 19.0 15.8 9.9
February -13.3 13.1 26.3 17.3 18.7 13.6 12.4
March -9.4 1.6 34.2 25.2 11.1 13.6 14.8
April -16.2 5.0 39.1 16.5 24.5 8.0 10.7
May -12.0 0.2 31.1 23.8 13.1 5.0 8.6
June -19.0 27.5 26.5 16.0 12.7 11.4 11.1
July -16.9 22.5 20.9 7.3 9.6 11.9 -
August -17.8 26.91 23.6 6.9 11.1 18.3 -
September -6.5 26.11 18.5 11.4 15.8 9.4 -
October 16.8 22.11 18.0 7.0 12.5 12.6 -
November 16.2 19.40 32.6 7.8 4.4 15.5 -
December - - 30.8 11.0 13.0 6.2 -
 
Total 9.2 13.1 26.8 13.2 13.5 11.9 11.5


International Tourists Arrivals to India
  2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
Arrivals from Region/ Country
USA 329147 348182 410803 526120 611165 696739
UK 405472 387846 430917 555907 651803 734240
Canada 88600 93598 107671 135884 157643 176567
Germany 80011 64891 76868 116679 120243 156808
France 102434 78194 97654 131824 152258 175345
Australia 52691 50743 58730 81608 96258 109867
Italy 41351 37136 46908 65561 67642 79978
Japan 80634 59709 77996 96851 103082 119292
Malaysia 57869 63748 70750 84390 96276 107286
Singapore 42824 44306 48368 60710 68666 82574
Nepal 41135 37136 42771 51534 77024 91552
Sri Lanka 112813 108008 109098 128711 136400 154813
Netherlans 42368 31669 40565 51211 52755 58611
China 13901 15422 21152 34100 44897 62330
South Korea 27150 29374 35584 47835 49895 705407

Source- Ministry of Tourism, Govt of India

Facts to know
Tourists inflow from Australia
In the last three years the tourist arrivals from Australia to India have almost doubled to a record figure of 1,00,000. However India aims to double tourist inflow from Australia to two lakh in the next three years.

Tourists inflow from Britain
Every year about 3000,000 tourists from Britain visit India for both business as well as leisure.

Tourists to India spend more..
Tourists to India spent $ 372 on their visa cards in the year of 2005. This is a 25% rise from the year 2004 thereby, making India the fastest growing Asia -Pacific market for the International tourist spending. According to the World Travel and Tourism Council , the Indian tourism demand will grow at an annual 8.8 % over the next ten years, fueled by higher incomes and lower air fares.

Earnings on Tourism
In 2005 India earned US $ 6.9 billion from inbound foreign tourists, which is more than twice the US $3.1 billion earned during the year 2002. According to the latest balance of payments figures released by the Reserve Bank Of India, 2005 was the year of fastest growth in forex inflows from foreign travel, during which inflows went up 36 %.

Leading Tourist destination
With nearly 140 three and two star hotels, Kerala has turned into a major hot spot for foreign tourists. However Tamil Nadu hold the second position in attracting foreign tourists.

Mode of transport
Air continued to be the predominant mode of travel for the tourists coming to India. However arrivals by sea were negligible.

Age- Group factor
An average foreign tourist is between age group of 20-40 years.

Best time for tourists arrivals
October to February is considered to be the peak season for travel by foreigners for business as well as leisure purposes.

Employment generated by tourism in India
Tourism Industry provides employment to about 2 crores of people in India.
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