The number of foreign tourist arrivals (FTAs) in India in the month of November witnessed a sharp jump of 14.4 per cent over the same period last year. As per the tourism ministry data, the number of foreign tourist arrivals (FTAs) in India last month was 10.5 lakh as compared to 8.78 lakh in November 2016 and 8.16 lakh in November 2015. The maximum number of tourists came from Bangladesh contributing 16.77 per cent of FTAs, followed by the US with 14.77 per cent, the UK with 10.23 per cent, Russia with 4.41 per cent, Canada with 4.39 per cent, Australia with 3.96 per cent and Malaysia with 3.50 per cent.
The Delhi airport remained the busiest with almost 29.76 per cent share of FTAs, followed by Mumbai with 17.20 per cent share, Haridaspur Land Check Post (between Bangladesh and India with 8.40 per cent and Chennai airport with 5.78 per cent. The ministry data further revealed that FTAs during the period between January and November this year were 90.01 lakh, with a growth of 15.6 per cent over the same period the previous year, stood at 77.83 lakh in January- November, 2016.
November 2017 also saw a substantial rise in the number of tourists arriving on e-visas. During the month of November, 2017, a total of 2.14 lakh foreign tourists arrived on e-tourist visa as compared to 1.37 lakh during the month of November, 2016, registering a growth of 56.2 per cent. From January to November 2017, a total of 14.57 lakh foreign tourists arrived on e-tourist visa as compared to 9.17 lakh during January-November 2016, registering a growth of 58.8 per cent. 17.1 per cent tourists from the UK, 11.6 per cent from USA and 6.6 per cent from Russian Federation were the top countries availing e-tourist visa facilities during November, 2017.
The Tourism Ministry compiles monthly estimates of FTAs, including those with e-tourist visas, on the basis of their nationality and port. The estimates are based on data received from the Bureau of Immigration (BOI).