Published On: Thu, Mar 17th, 2016

11.3% Growth in Foreign Tourist arrivals in February 2016 over the same period in 2015

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12728960_1019616501442697_3707384357138272685_nNew Delhi: Ministry of Tourism compiles monthly estimates of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) on the basis of Nationality-wise, Port-wise data received from Bureau of Immigration (BOI) and Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) from tourism on the basis of data available from Reserve Bank of India. The following are the important highlights regarding FTAs and FEEs from tourism during the month of February 2016.

Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs):

· FTAs during the Month of February 2016 were 8.47 lakh as compared to FTAs of 7.61 lakh during the month of February 2015 and 7.56 lakh in February 2014. There has been a growth of 11.3% in February 2016 over February 2015.

· FTAs during the period January-February 2016 were 16.91 lakh with a growth of 9.0% as compared to the FTAs of 15.52 lakh with a growth of 2.5% in January-February 2015 over January-February 2014.

· The Percentage share of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India during February, 2016 among the top 15 source countries was highest from Bangladesh (12.96%) followed by USA (12.94%), UK (12.45%), Canada (4.71%), Sri Lanka (3.86%), Germany (3.51%), France (3.46%), Malaysia (3.34%), China (3.08%), Russian Federation (3.07%), Australia (2.69%), Japan (2.37%), Thailand (2.28%), Nepal (1.69%) and Afghanistan (1.65%).

· The Percentage share of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India during February 2016 among the top 15 ports was highest at Delhi Airport (32.33%) followed by Mumbai Airport (17.24%), Chennai Airport (7.33%), Haridaspur Land check post (6.98%), Bangalore Airport (5.66%), Goa Airport (4.52%), Kolkata Airport (4.21%), Hyderabad Airport (2.69%), Cochin Airport (2.65%), Ahmedabad Airport (2.18%), Gede Rail (2.00%), Sonauli Land check post (1.58%), Trivendrum Airport (1.48%), Amritsar Airport (1.44%) and Tiruchirapalli Airport (1.27%).

Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) from Tourism in India in Rupees terms and in US$ terms

· FEEs during the month of February 2016 were Rs. 13,627 crore as compared to Rs. 11,642 crore in February 2015 and Rs. 11,510 crore in February 2014.

· The growth rate in FEEs in rupee terms during February 2016 over February 2015 was 17.1% as compared to the growth of 1.1% in February 2015 over February 2014.

· FEEs from tourism in rupee terms during January-February 2016 were Rs. 27,296 crore with a growth of 15.0% as compared to the FEE of Rs. 23,742 crore with a growth of 2.5% during January-February 2015 over January-February 2014.

· FEEs in US$ terms during the month of February 2016 were US$ 1.996 billion as compared to FEEs of US$ 1.877 billion during the month of February 2015 and US$ 1.849 billion in February 2014.

· The growth rate in FEEs in US$ terms in February 2016 over February 2015 was 6.3% compared to the growth of 1.5% in February 2015 over February 2014.

· FEE from tourism in US$ terms during January-February 2016 were US$ 4.028 billion with a growth of 5.4% as compared to the US$ 3.822 billion with a growth 2.5% during January-February 2015 over January-February 2014.

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