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Tourism in India

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India, in many parts is a far from tourist friendly country.  The INFRASTRUCTURE simply is not there to handle the volume of tourists, as well as the all important hotels. Many parts of India are dirty and dusty still. Pollution is prevalent. The cities seem claustrophobic and over crowded.

From Wikipedia:

Rank Country UNWTO
Region [5]
International
tourist
arrivals
(2013)[4]
International
tourist
arrivals
(2012)[4]
Change
(2012 to
2013)
(%)
Change
(2011 to
2012)
(%)
1  France Europe 84.7 million 83.0 million Increase 2.0 Increase 1.8
2  United States North America 69.8 million 66.7 million Increase 4.7 Increase 6.3
3  Spain Europe 60.7 million 57.5 million Increase 5.6 Increase 2.3
4  China Asia 55.7 million 57.7 million Decrease 3.5 Increase 0.3
5  Italy Europe 47.7 million 46.4 million Increase 2.9 Increase 0.5
6  Turkey Europe 37.8 million 35.7 million Increase 5.9 Increase 3.0
7  Germany Europe 31.5 million 30.4 million Increase 3.7 Increase 7.3
8  United Kingdom Europe 31.2 million 29.3 million Increase 6.4 Decrease 0.1
9  Russia Europe 28.4 million 25.7 million Increase 10.2 Increase 13.5
10  Thailand Asia 26.5 million 22.4 million Increase 18.8 Increase 16.2

In Asia:

Rank Country International
tourist
arrivals
(2013)[4]
International
tourist
arrivals
(2012)[4]
Change
(2012 to
2013)
(%)
Change
(2011 to
2012)
(%)
1  China 55.7 million 57.7 million Decrease 3.5 Increase 0.3
 Hong Kong, China 25.6 million 23.7 million Increase 8.0 Increase 6.5
 Macau, China 14.2 million 13.5 million Increase 5.1 Increase 5.0
2  Thailand 26.5 million 22.4 million Increase 18.8 Increase 16.2
3  Malaysia 25.7 million 25.0 million Increase 2.7 Increase 1.3
4  South Korea 12.1 million 11.1 million Increase 9.3 Increase 13.7
5  Singapore 11.0 million Decrease 6.8
6  Japan 10.3 million 8.3 million Increase 24.0 Increase 34.4
7  Indonesia 8.8 million 8.0 million Increase 9.4 Increase 5.2
8  Taiwan 8.0 million 7.3 million Increase 9.6 Increase 20.1
9  Vietnam 7.5 million 6.8 million Increase 10.6 Increase 9.5
10  India 6.8 million 6.5 million Increase 4.1 Decrease 4.3

I'm not sure tourism is the most important priority for India.....though I would definitely say Swatch Bharat is.

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Modi effect: India gets highest tourists from Bangladesh, followed by US and UK


By Times of India


The success of the PM Narendra Modi's Bangladesh visit, where he deliberated on a host of issues with his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina also reflected in the share of foreign tourist arrivals with the highest percentage of tourists arriving from Bangladesh (19.32%) in May 2015.


Apart from this, the Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) from tourism (in US$) also registered a growth of 15% in May 2015 over May 2014, as compared to 0.2% (growth) in May 2014 over May 2013.

According to the union ministry of tourism's monthly estimates of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) on the basis of nationality-wise and port-wise data received from Bureau of Immigration (BOI) and Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) from tourism (on the basis of data available from Reserve Bank of India), the percentage share of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India during May 2015 among the top 15 source countries was highest from Bangladesh (19.32%).  

This was followed by USA (16.99%), UK (7.79%), Malaysia (3.59%), Sri Lanka (3.54%), Japan (2.78%), Australia (2.66%), Canada (2.63%), Germany (2.59%), China (2.56%), Nepal (2.52%), Singapore (2.36%), France (2.16%), Pakistan (1.84%) and Oman (1.66%). Interestingly, these top 15 countries account for 74.99% of total FTAs during May 2015. 

As per the data compiled, FTAs during May 2015 were 5.11 lakh as compared to FTAs of 4.68 lakh during May 2014 and 4.17 lakh in May 2013. There has been a growth of 9.2% in May 2015 over May 2014. 

The FTAs during the period January to May 2015 were 33.32 lakh with a growth of 3.6%, as compared to 32.15 lakh in the previous year. 

The percentage share of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India during May 2015 among the top 15 ports was highest at Delhi Airport (26.06%) followed by Mumbai Airport (17.88%), Haridaspur Land check post (10.95%), Chennai Airport (9.83%), Bengaluru Airport (7.24%), Cochin Airport (4.06%), Hyderabad Airport (4.05%), Kolkata Airport (3.97%), Gede Rail (2.27%), Trivandrum Airport (1.81%), Tiruchirapalli Airport (1.58%), Ahmedabad Airport (1.54%), Ghojadanga Airport (1.29%), Attari Wagha (1.08%) and Goa Airport (0.67%). These top 15 ports accounted for 94.28% of total FTAs during May 2015. 

As far as Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) are concerned, FEEs during May 2015 were Rs 8,877 crore as compared to Rs 7,184 crore in May 2014 and Rs 6,627 crore in May 2013. The growth rate in FEEs in rupee terms during May 2015 over May 2014 was 23.6% as compared to 8.4% in May 2014 over May 2013. 

FEEs from tourism in the period from January to May 2015 were Rs 51,351 crore with a growth of 6.3% as compared to the FEE of Rs 48,302 crore with a growth of 8.7% during January- May 2014 over January- May 2013. (FEEs in US$ during the month of May 2015 were US$ 1.392 billion as compared to FEEs of US$ 1.210 billion during the month of May 2014 and US$ 1.207 billion in May 2013). 

The FEEs from tourism in US$ terms during January to May 2015 were US$ 8.207 billion with a growth of 4% as compared to the US$ 7.894 billion with a decline of 3.5% during January- May 2014 over January- May 2013.