India registers growth in domestic and foreign tourist visits in 2015

During 2015, the number of domestic and foreign tourist visits to various states 1,432 million and 23.3 million respectively, as revealed by the Market Research Division of Ministry of Tourism, which compiles data on domestic and foreign tourist visits

The Market Research Division of Ministry of Tourism, which compiles data on domestic and foreign tourist visits, received from departments of tourism of various state governments and UT Administrations, has revealed the 2015 compilation.

During 2015, the number of domestic tourist visits to various states and UTs was 1,432 million as compared to 1,282.8 million in 2014, registering a growth of 11.63 per cent.

The top 10 states in terms of number of domestic tourist visits (in millions), during 2015, were Tamil Nadu (333.5), Uttar Pradesh (204.9), Andhra Pradesh (121.6), Karnataka (119.9), Maharashtra (103.4), Telangana (94.5), Madhya Pradesh (78), West Bengal (70.2), Gujarat(36.3) and Rajasthan (35.2). The contribution of these states was about 83.62 per cent to the total number of domestic tourist visits during 2015.

Telangana, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal have retained their previous rankings at sixth, seventh and eighth. Gujarat, showing significant improvement, has risen to the ninth place, leaving Rajasthan at the 10th and causing Jharkhand to slip out of the list.

During 2015, the number of FTVs was 23.3 million as compared to 22.3 million in 2014, registering a growth of 4.4 per cent. The top 10 states in terms FTVs (in millions) during 2015 were Tamil Nadu (4.68), Maharashtra (4.41), Uttar Pradesh (3.1), Delhi (2.38), West Bengal (1.49), Rajasthan (1.48), Kerala (0.98), Bihar (0.92), Karnataka (0.64) and Goa (0.54). The contribution of top 10 states was about 88.4 per cent to the total number of FTVs in the country during 2015.

While the top four states retained their previous rankings, West Bengal improved by one rank, leaving Rajasthan at sixth rank. Kerala, Bihar and Karnataka retained their ranks at seventh, eighth and ninth and Goa re-entered the list, causing Haryana to drop out.

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