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According to a press release by the Union Ministry of Tourism the number of Foreign tourist arrivals in August 2017 has seen a growth of 11 % as compared to that in August 2016. Ministry of Tourism compiles monthly estimates of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) & FTAs on e-Tourist Visa on the basis of Nationality-wise, Port-wise data received from Bureau of Immigration (BOI). The following are the important highlights regarding FTAs and FTAs on e-Tourist Visa from tourism during the month of August, 2017:

Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs):

The number of FTAs in August, 2017 were 7.24 lakh as compared to FTAs of 6.52 lakh in August, 2016 and 5.99 lakh in August, 2015.

The growth rate in FTAs in August, 2017 over August, 2016 is 11.0% compared to 8.8% in August, 2016 over August, 2015.

FTAs during the period January- August 2017 were 63.98 lakh with a growth of 15.2% over same period of previous year, as compared to the FTAs of 55.54 lakh with a growth of 9.5% in January- August 2016 over January- August 2015.

The percentage share of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India during August 2017 among the top 15 source countries was highest from Bangladesh (21.26%) followed by USA (11.60%), UK (9.46%), Sri Lanka (6.41%), Malaysia (3.71%), Japan (2.74%), Canada (2.57%), France (2.46%), Germany (2.39%), Australia (2.37%), Nepal (2.11%), Singapore (1.96%), China (1.94%), Oman (1.76%) and UAE (1.57%).

The percentage share of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India during August 2017 among the top 15 ports was highest at Delhi Airport (26.99%) followed by Mumbai Airport (15.49%), Haridaspur Land Check Post (12.06%), Chennai Airport (9.37%), Bengaluru Airport (6.36%), Cochin Airport (5.01%), Kolkata Airport (4.42),Hyderabad Airport (3.50%), Gede Rail Land Check Post (2.74%), Tiruchirapalli Airport (1.94%), Trivandrum Airport (1.67%), Ghojadanga Land Check Post (1.46%), Ahmadabad Airport (1.36%), Sonauli Land Check post (1.35%) and Amritsar Airport (0.89%).

Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) on e-Tourist Visa:

During the month of August, 2017 total of 1.13 lakh tourist arrived on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 0.66 lakh during the month of August 2016 registering a growth of 71.3%.

During January-August 2017, a total of 9.49 lakh tourist arrived on e-Tourist Visa as compared to 6.06 lakh during January-August 2016, registering a growth of 56.5%.

The percentage shares of top 15 source countries availing e- Tourist Visa facilities during August, 2017 were as follows:

UK (12.6%), USA (9.6%), UAE (6.7%), Spain (6.3%), France (5.9%), Oman (5.6%), Italy (4.9%), China (4.1%), Germany (4.0%), Australia (3.4%), Canada (3.3%), Korea (Rep.of) (3.1%), Singapore (2.9%), Israel (2.3%) and Malaysia (2.0%).

The percentage shares of top 15 ports in tourist arrivals on e-Tourist Visa during August, 2017 were as follows:

New Delhi Airport (44.1%), Mumbai Airport (19.5%), Chennai Airport (8.9%), Kochi Airport (7.2%), Bengaluru Airport (7.0%), Hyderabad Airport (3.8%), Kolkata Airport (1.9%), Trivandrum Airport (1.5%), Amritsar Airport (1.4%), Tirchy Airport (1.2%), Calicut Airport (1.0%), Ahmadabad Airport (0.9%), Dabolim (Goa) Airport (0.4%), Jaipur Airport (0.4%) and Pune Airport(0.3%).

Ministry of Tourism Observes Swachhta Pakhwada

The Third days work of Swachhta Pakhwada has been planned by the Ministry of Tourism to undertake Cleanliness campaign at the Jantar Mantar and surrounding area by Officers and staff members of Ministry of Tourism. Accordingly the designated officials and officers visited the ASI monument Jantar Mantar, New Delhi. Shri P. Venkatesan, Director, PMU (SBM), explained the importance of the monument. After this, the staff members undertook an intensive Cleanliness work, in which all the officials of ASI, including the Conservation Assistant have also taken part. The cleaning work was done in the parking area, service road, surrounding area of ticket counter and drinking water area. Thus the Third day s work ended yielding the desired result.

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