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India registers 5.11 million Foreign Tourist Arrivals in 2009


08 January 2010

Ministry of Tourism compiles monthly estimates of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) and Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEE) from tourism on the basis of data received from major airports.

Because of the availability of final figures of FTAs from Bureau of Immigration (BOI) now for 2008, the provisional figure of 5.37 million FTAs for 2008 released earlier by Ministry of Tourism, has now been revised at 5.28 million.

Following are the important highlights regarding FTAs and FEE from tourism in India for the year 2009.

Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs)

  • FTAs during 2009 were 5.11 million with a growth rate of (-)3.3% as compared to the FTAs of 5.28 million and growth rate of 4% during 2008.
  • Though the growth rate for 2009 is (-)3.3%, it is better than UNWTO’s projected growth rate of (-)6% to (-)4% for the world.
  • FTAs during the Month of December 2009 were 6.46 lakh as compared to FTAs of 5.34 lakh in December 2008 and 5.97 lakh in December 2007.
  • The growth rate in FTAs in December 2009 over December 2008 works out to 21% which is highest positive growth registered in any month of 2009.

Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEE) from Tourism in Indian Rupee terms and US $ terms

  • FEE in Rupee terms during 2009 were Rs. 54960 crore as compared to Rs. 50730 crore in 2008.
  • The growth rate in FEE in Rupee terms during 2009 was 8.3% as compared to 2008, and 14.4% during 2008 as compared to 2007.
  • Inspite of the negative growth rate of 3.3% in FTAs, FEE in rupee terms observed a positive growth of about 8% during 2009.
  • FEE during 2009 were US $ 11.39 billion as compared to US$ 11.75 billion during 2008.
  • The growth rate in FEE in US$ terms during 2009 was (-)3.0% as compared to 2008, and 9.5% during 2008 as compared to 2007.
  • FEE in Rupee terms during the month of December 2009 were Rs.7042 crore as compared to Rs.5083 crore in December 2008 and Rs.5079 crore in December 2007. FEE in US $ terms during the month of December 2009 were US $ 1510 million as compared to US $ 1046 million in December 2008 and US $ 1287 million in 2007.