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Last Updated Thursday October 19 2017 10:45 AM IST

Foreign tourist arrivals mark 11 percent rise: Tourism ministry

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An increase of around 11 percent was registered in foreign tourist arrivals (FTAs) in the country in August compared to the same period last year. 

The number of FTAs in August was 7.24 lakh as compared to 6.52 lakh in August 2016 and 5.99 lakh in August 2015, a ministry of tourism release said. 

"The growth rate in FTAs in August 2017 over August 2016 is 11.0 percent compared to 8.8 percent in August 2016 over August 2015," the ministry said. 

Tourists from Bangladesh (21.26 percent) topped the list of visitors followed by the US (11.60 percent), the UK (9.46 percent), Sri Lanka (6.41 percent), Malaysia (3.71 percent) and Japan (2.74 percent). 

The Delhi airport with almost 30 percent share of FTAs remained the busiest followed by Mumbai airport (15.49 percent), Haridaspur land check post (12.06 percent), Chennai airport (9.37 percent)and Bengaluru airport (6.36 percent), it said. 

The ministry compiles monthly estimates of FTAs, including those with e-tourist visas on the basis of their nationality and port, courtesy the data received from Bureau of Immigration (BOI).  The statement said April also saw a substantial rise in the number of tourists arriving on e-visas. 

"During the month of August 2017 total of 1.13 lakh tourist arrived on an e-tourist visa as compared to 0.66 lakh during the month of August 2016 registering a growth of 71.3 percent," said the ministry. 

Most tourists with e-visas used the Delhi airport (44.1 percent)as their port of arrival, followed by Mumbai airport (19.5 percent, Chennai airport (8.9 percent), Kochi airport (7.2 percent), Bengaluru airport (7.0 percent), Hyderabad airport (3.8 percent), Kolkata airport (1.9 percent), Trivandrum airport (1.5 percent).  

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