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FOREIGN TOURIST ARRIVALS GRADUALLY INCREASING
  • April 2014
Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) to India in February, 2014 was 7.38 lakh which was 6.88 lakh in February, 2013 with a growth of 7.2%. Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) from tourism in Rupees terms in February, 2014 were Rs.11, 355 crore in comparison to Rs.10, 252 crore in February, 2013. As a facilitative measure to attract more foreign tourists to India,  Government launched the “Visa on Arrival” (VoA) Scheme in January 2010 for citizens of five countries, viz. Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand and Singapore, visiting India for tourism purposes. The Scheme was extended to the citizens of six more countries, namely Cambodia, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Laos and Myanmar in January 2011. During the month of February 2014, a total of 1,980 VoAs were issued under this Scheme as compared to 1,947 VoAs during the month of February 2013, registering a growth of 1.7%.FTAs during the period January-February 2014 were 14.58 lakh with a growth of 5.1%, as compared to the FTAs of 13.87 lakh with a growth of 1.8% during January-February 2013 over the corresponding period of 2012. A growth of 6.8% percent has been recorded in the number of tourists availing of the tourist Visa on Arrival (VoA) Scheme during the period January-February, 2014.  A total number of 3,883 VoAs have been issued in this period as compared to 3,637 VoAs during the corresponding period of 2013.  Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) during the month of February 2014 were `11,355 crore as compared to 10,252 crore in February 2013 and `8,502 crore in February 2012.The growth rate in FEEs in rupee terms in February 2014 over February 2013 was 10.8% as compared to 20.6% in February 2013 over February 2012.FEE from tourism in rupee terms during January-February 2014 were Rs.22,552 crore with a growth of 8.9%, as compared to the FEE of Rs.20,717 crore with a growth of 21.0% during  January-February 2013 over the corresponding period of 2012.  During the period January-February 2014, the highest number of VoAs were issued at New Delhi airport (1697) followed by Mumbai (868), Chennai (487), Bangalore (280), Kolkata (268), Kochi (126), Hyderabad (115) and Trivandrum (42).
 
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