BD top the record number of tourists to New Delhi in November 2017

-A Monitor Report 13 Dec, 2017  |    -      +
New Delhi : , the capital on India hosts highest number of foreign tourists in November. Most of these visitors are from Bangladesh.

During the month of November 2017, a total of 2.14 lakh foreign tourists arrived on e-tourist Visa as compared to 1.37 lakh during the month of November 2016, registering a growth of 56.2 per cent.

Of the number of tourists, Bangladesh top the list with 16.77 per cent. Bangladesh is followed by USA (14.77 per cent), UK (9.93 per cent), Russia (4.41 per cent), Canada (4.39 per cent) and Australia were among the top countries that had tourists flying into India last month,

Delhi Airport (29.76 per cent) followed by Mumbai Airport (17.20 per cent), Haridaspur Land Check Post (8.40 per cent), Chennai Airport (5.78 per cent), Bengaluru Airport (5.44 per cent), Dabolim (Goa) Airport were among the top airports hosting the guests.

The number of FTAs spiked to 10.05 lakh in November this year as compared with FTAs of 8.78 lakh in November last year and 8.16 lakh in November 2015.

Several initiatives have been taken by the Ministry of Tourism to enlarge the scope of FTA's in varied tourism sectors such as medical and wellness, golf, adventure, cruise, rural and also to strengthen tourism in the North-Eastern region.

As per the FDI Policy 2017, 100 percent (foreign direct investment) FDI is allowed on the automatic route in tourism and hospitality sector; and 100 percent FDI is allowed on the automatic route in tourism construction projects, including the development of hotels, resorts and recreational facilities.

This means that foreign-based firms can open up their own hotels and restaurants in tourist areas without the need of an Indian partner.

As per the data provided by IBEF, tourism in India accounts for 9.6 percent of the GDP and is the third largest foreign exchange earner for the country.

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