Foreign tourists arrivals in India up 9.3 pc in 2010

Foreign TouristArrivals (FTAs) in the country during 2010 grew by 9.3 per cent at 55 lakh visitors as compared to 51 lakh during 2009, an official statement said today.

The 9.3 per cent growth rate in FTAs for 2010 over 2009 for the country is much better than UNWTO’s projected growth rate of 5-6 per cent for the world during the same period.

Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEE) from tourism has also registered a huge jump of 24.6 per cent to 14,193 million dollar during the concluded year as compared to 11,394 million dollar during 2009.

During 2010, a total number of 6,549 Visa on Arrivals (VoA) were issued under VoA Scheme.

The Scheme of ‘Visa on Arrival’ (VoA) was introduced from January 1, 2010 for citizens of five countries–Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand and Singapore– visiting India for tourism purposes.

The number of visas issued under this scheme, during January-December 2010 for nationals of the five countries were Singapore (1814), New Zealand (1944), Japan (1457), Finland (1263) and Luxembourg (71).

Total number of VoAs issued during December, 2010 were 905 with New Zealand (340) recorded the highest number followed by Japan (216), Singapore (191), Finland (140) and Luxembourg (18).

During the year 2010 (January-December), the maximum number of VoAs were issued at Delhi airport (3493), followed by Mumbai (1511), Chennai (1211) and Kolkata (334). Well, everybody knows that Delhi has much more importance in terms of geographical location but Kolkata with under 10% of Delhi definitely proves the gap in promotion of tourist places in the east and north east as well. Hope the tourist ministry at the respective state’s looks at this figures.

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