Indian Tourism Statistics

Top 10 Source Countries for Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India in 2014
S.No Source Country FTAs (in Million) Percentage (%) Share
1 United States 1,118,983 14.57
2 Bangladesh 942,562 12.27
3 United Kingdom 838,860 10.92
4 Sri Lanka 301,601 3.93
5 Russian Federation 269,832 3.51
6 Canada 268,485 3.50
7 Malaysia 262,026 3.41
8 France 246,101 3.20
9 Australia 239,762 3.12
10 Germany 239,106 3.11
Total 4,727,318 61.56
Others 2,951,781 38.44
Grand Total 7,679,099 100.00
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Source: Bureau of Immigration, Govt. of India

Foreign tourist visits by State

Share of Top 10 States/UTs of India in Number of Foreign Tourist Visits in 2014
S.No State/UT Number Percentage (%) Share
1 Tamil Nadu 4657630 20.6
2 Maharashtra 4389098 19.4
3 Uttar Pradesh 2909735 12.9
4 Delhi 2319046 10.3
5 Rajasthan 1525574 6.8
6 West Bengal 1375740 6.1
7 Kerala 923366 4.1
8 Bihar 829508 3.7
9 Karnataka 561870 2.5
10 Haryana 547367 2.4
Total of Top 10 20038934 88.8
Others 2528716 11.2
Grand Total 22567650 100.00
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Source: State/ UT Tourism Departments.

Domestic tourist visits by State

Share of Top 10 States/UTs of India in Number of Domestic Tourist Visits - 2014
S.No State/UT Number Percentage (%) Share
1 Tamil Nadu 327555233 25.6
2 Uttar Pradesh 182820108 14.3
3 Karnataka 118283220 9.2
4 Maharashtra 94127124 7.3
5 Andhra Pradesh 93306974 7.3
6 Telengana 72399113 5.6
7 Madhya Pradesh 63614525 5.0
8 West Bengal 49029590 3.8
9 Jharkhand 33427144 2.6
10 Rajasthan 33076491 2.6
Total of Top 10 1067639522 83.3
Others 214312733 16.7
Grand Total 1281952255 100.00
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Source: State/ UT Tourism Departments

Indian Tourism – Interesting facts

  • The travel and tourism industry contributed a total of $124.8 billion to GDP in India in 2015 — this accounted for approximately 6% of India's total GDP.
  • A 2014 study found that India was one of the fastest-growing tourism destinations worldwide. Placed eleventh in the list, the direct contribution of travel and tourism to GDP in India was expected to grow an average of 6.4% annually between 2014 and 2024.
  • Tourism in India provides 40 million jobs. The sector is expected to grow at an annual average growth rate of 7.9% till 2023, making India the third fastest growing tourism destinations over the next decade.
  • The industry provided more than 23.5 million jobs in 2015. Over 7.7% of Indian employees work in the tourism industry.
  • The 2011 Kumbh Mela was the largest gathering of people with over 75 million pilgrims. The gathering was so huge that the crowd was visible from space.
  • The largest source market for visitors to India was the US, followed by Bangladesh and the UK. Outbound travel from India is also is forecasted to reach 1.41 million in 2020.
  • Tourist arrivals in India increased to 8,91,000 in November from 7,54,000 in October, 2016. It averaged 4,26,846.43 from 2000 until 2016, reaching an all-time high of 9,13,000 in December, 2015 and a record low of 1,29,286 in May, 2001
 
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