Telling Numbers: One In Every 5 Tourists In India Is A Bangladeshi

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Telling Numbers: One In Every 5 Tourists In India
Did you know that Bangladeshi tourists to India have been outnumbering tourists from European countries for the last three years? While Bangladesh, the United States, and the United Kingdom were the top three countries from where foreign tourists arrived in India in 2018, the number of arrivals from Pakistan has been declining.

In a reply to a question asked by YSRCP MP Vanga Geetha Viswanath in the Lok Sabha on Thursday, Minister of State for Tourism, Prahlad Singh Patel gave the country-wise break up of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) for the top 60 countries between 2016 and 2018.

The number of foreign tourist arrivals increased from 8.8 million in 2016 to 10.04 million in 2017 and 10.56 million in 2018. Foreign exchange earnings have also risen from $22.92 billion in 2016 to $27.31 billion in 2017 and $28.58 billion in 2018.

One in every five tourists to India has been from Bangladesh, with most tourists flocking to the country because of holiday and recreation purposes.

Nearly 1.38 million foreign tourists arrived from Bangladesh in 2016. These numbers were at 2.15 million and 2.25 million in 2017 and 2018, respectively.

The other top sourcing countries in India in 2018 include United States of America (14.5%), United Kingdom (10.2%), Sri Lanka (3.53), Canada (3.51%), Australia (3.46%), Malaysia (3.19%), China (2.8%), Germany (2.7%), Russian Federation (2.62%),  and France (2.61%).

The number tourist arrivals from Pakistan has declined from 1.04 lakh in 2016 to 44,266 in 2017 and 41,659 in 2018.

Among individual states, Tamil Nadu saw the most visits by foreign tourists in 2018 — over 60 lakh in that year. Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh followed, with over 50 lakh and 37 lakh visits respectively. Delhi and Rajasthan had over 27 lakh and 17 lakh foreign tourists, respectively.

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