Arrivals of foreign tourists: India has shown a huge jump in the international tourist arrivals category, moving from 65th place in 2013 to 34th place in 2019. In 2019, approximately 10.93 million foreign tourists arrived in the country, which is 8.39 million (approx) more compared to 2001.
This jump is due to the proactive measures taken by the Government, according to a GDP report. In India, tourism and hospitality are among the largest employment generating sectors.
“India has moved from 65th in 2013 to 34th in 2019 in @wef’s Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index,” PIB tweeted.
“The electronic visa (e-visa) continues to be a game changer for the tourism industry; available to nationals of 169 countries,” he added.
The top 5 countries that have taken part in this amazing jump are USA, UK, Bangladesh, Canada and Australia. While the US tops the list with 24.58%, the UK and Bangladesh come in second and third with 14.01% and 11.78% of tourist arrivals, respectively. Canada and Australia contributed 6.86% and 5.68% respectively in March 2022.
According to an official GDP release, FTAs in March 2022 stood at 3,42,308 with a positive growth rate of 117.9% compared to 1,23,179 in March 2021, indicating post-pandemic revival of the sector touristic