Foreign tourist arrivals registered a growth of 17.1 per cent in July with 7.36 lakh visitors coming as compared to 6.28 lakh in the corresponding month in 2015, the government said on Friday.
The footfall in July led to foreign exchange earnings to the tune of Rs.14,319 crore, an increase of 19.5 per cent as compared to Rs.11,982 crore in July 2015, a release by the Union Tourism Ministry said.
Among the top 15 source countries, Bangladesh accounted for the highest share of tourist arrivals in July at 17.30 per cent, followed by the US (16.51 per cent), the UK (11.67 per cent), Malaysia (3.49 per cent), France (3.12 per cent), Sri Lanka (2.94 per cent) and Canada (2.66 per cent).
China’s share was 2.32 per cent, while that of Germany was 2.31 per cent, Japan 2.20 per cent, Australia 2.20 per cent, Nepal 2.04 per cent, Oman 2.04 per cent, the UAE 1.99 per cent and Pakistan 1.66 per cent.
From January to July, foreign tourist arrivals were 49.22 lakh, a growth of 10 per cent over 44.73 lakh arrivals during the corresponding period in 2015. Foreign exchange earnings from tourism grew 15 per cent at Rs 87,384 crore during January-July compared to Rs 76,017 crore in the same period in 2015.
The Delhi airport welcomed the highest share of foreign tourists in July at 26.22 per cent, followed by Mumbai airport (17.04 per cent), Chennai Airport (10.11 per cent), Haridaspur Land check post (9.82 per cent), Bengaluru airport (7.31 per cent), Cochin airport (5.14 per cent), Hyderabad airport (5.04 per cent) and Kolkata airport (4.20 per cent).