Double-digit growth for Indian visitor arrivals

Country sees 12% jump in visitor arrivals in March, and 10% rise in Q1

India’s tourism industry continued to thrive in the opening months of the year, with double-digit growth in terms of visitor arrivals in March 2016 and the first quarter.

According to the latest data from the country’s Ministry of Tourism, India welcomed 817,000 international visitors in March 2016, an increase of 12.1% compared to the same month last year.

Bangladesh was India’s largest source in March, accounting for 14.0% of total arrivals. The UK (13.2%) was second, followed by the USA (11.8%), Germany (3.7%) and Canada (3.6%). Sri Lanka (3.5%), Malaysia (3.5%), Russia (3.2%), China (2.9%) and France (2.9%) completed the top 10.

Delhi Airport received the highest number of arriving visitors last month, accounting for 33.8% of the total, followed by Mumbai Airport (16.0%) and the Haridaspur land border crossing (7.8%), which connects India with Bangladesh.

India’s foreign exchange earnings also increased in March 2016, growing 17.8% year-on-year to INR131 billion (US$1.96bn).

For the first quarter of 2016, India welcomed a total of 2.51 million international visitors, up 10.0% year-on-year.

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