Tourists arrival on e-Tourist Visa up

Tourists arrival on e-Tourist Visa up in India

New Delhi : A total of 1,26,214 tourists visited on e-Tourist Visa during January-June, 2015 a as compared to 11,953 during January-June, 2014 registering a growth of 956 % in India. .

A total of 15,557 tourists arrived on e-Tourist Visa during the month of June, 2015 as compared to 2,112 during the month of June,2014.

This high growth may be attributed to introduction of e-Tourist Visa for 76 countries as against coverage of earlier TVoA scheme for 12 countries according to PIB statement.

The percentage shares of top 10 source countries availing e-Tourist Visa facility during June 2015 are :USA , Australia , Germany  Canada, Republic of Korea , France , Singapore , UAE , Russian Federation  and Mexico .USA accounts for about 42% tourists arrived on e-Tourist visa in June 2015.

The Government of India launched Tourist Visa on Arrival (TVoA) enabled by Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA), presently known as e-Tourist Visa scheme, on 27 November 2014 for 43 countries. The e-Tourist Visa facility was further extended to the nationals of 31 countries in June, 2015.

Domestic Tourist visits to States/UTs register a growth

Foreign Tourist Visits to States/UTs increase by 2.62 million in 2014 over 2013.Tamil Nadu accounts for maximum Foreign Tourist visits of 4.66 million in 2014

Market Research Division of Ministry of Tourism compiles data on domestic and foreign tourist visits to States/Union Territories (UTs) received from Departments of Tourism of various State Governments and UT Administrations.

During 2014, the number of domestic tourist visits to the States/ UTs was 1282 million as compared to 1145 million in 2013 and 1045 million in 2012.The number of domestic tourist visits to States/UTs registered a growth of 11.93% over 2013 as compared to growth of 9.59% in 2013 over 2012.

The top ten States in terms of number of domestic tourist visits (in millions), during 2014, were Tamil Nadu (327.6), Uttar Pradesh (182.8), Karnataka (118.3), Maharashtra (94.1), Andhra Pradesh (93.3), Telengana (72.4), Madhya Pradesh (63.6), West Bengal (49.0) Jharkhand (33.4) and Rajasthan (33.1).The contribution of top 10 States was about 83.28% to the total number of domestic tourist visits during 2014.

Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh have maintained the first and second rank respectively in terms of DTVs in 2014, whereas Karnataka and Maharashtra have come at 3rd and 4th position, respectively due to split of the state of Andhra Pradesh (dropped down to 5th rank) and Telengana (6th rank).Madhya Pradesh has slipped to rank 7th in 2014 from rank 6th in 2013 where as West Bengal has improved to rank 8th in 2014 from rank 9th in 2013. Jharkhand has entered into top 10 States improving its rank to 9th in 2014 from 14th in 2013.

Foreign Tourist Visits to States/ UTs

During 2014, the number of foreign tourist visits (FTVs) to the States/ UTs was 22.57 million as compared to 19.95 million in 2013 and 18.26 million in 2012.The number of FTVs to States/UTs registered a growth of 13.12% over 2013 as compared to a growth of 9.24% in 2013 over 2012.

The top ten States in terms of number of FTVs (in millions) during 2014 were Tamil Nadu (4.66), Maharashtra (4.39), Uttar Pradesh (2.91), Delhi (2.32), Rajasthan (1.53), West Bengal (1.38), Kerala (0.92), Bihar (0.83), Karnataka (0.56) and Haryana (0.55). The contribution of top 10 States was about 88.8% to the total number of FTVs in the country during 2014.

The top ten States in terms of FTVs in 2014, almost remained the same as those in 2013 except Goa which was at 10th position in 2013 got replaced by Haryana.Source : PIB /India