Indian Tourism Statistics

Top 10 Source Countries for Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India in 2017
S.No Source Country FTAs (in Million) Percentage (%) Share
1 Bangladesh 2,156,557 21.49
2 United States 1,376,919 13.72
3 United Kingdom 986,296 9.83
4 Canada 335,439 3.34
5 Australia 324,243 3.23
6 Malaysia 322,126 3.21
7 Sri Lanka 303590 3.03
8 Russian Federation 278904 2.78
9 Germany 269,380 2.68
10 France 249,620 2.49
Total 6,603,074 65.80
Others 3,432,729 34.20
Grand Total 10,035,803 100.00
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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 2017
S.No State/UT Number Percentage (%) Share
1 Maharashtra 5078514 18.9
2 Tamil Nadu 4860455 18.1
3 Uttar Pradesh 3556204 13.2
4 Delhi 2740502 10.2
5 Rajasthan 1609963 6.0
6 West Bengal 1574915 5.9
7 Punjab 1108635 4.1
8 Kerala 1091870 4.1
9 Bihar 1082705 4.0
10 Goa 842220 3.1
Total of Top 10 23545983 87.6
Others 3340655 12.4
Grand Total 26886638 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 - 2017
S.No State/UT Number Percentage (%) Share
1 Tamil Nadu 345061140 20.9
2 Uttar Pradesh 233977619 14.2
3 Karnataka 179980191 10.9
4 Andhra Pradesh 165433898 10
5 Maharashtra 119191539 7.2
6 Telengana 85266596 5.2
7 West Bengal 79687645 4.8
8 Madhya Pradesh 78038522 4.7
9 Gujarat 48343121 2.9
10 Rajasthan 45916573 2.8
Total of Top 10 1380896844 83.6
Others 271588513 16.4
Grand Total 1652485357 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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