India Business
Foreign tourist arrivals to India up 13 percent
Mar 1, 2007 - 7:55:49 PM

New Delhi, March 1 - An estimated 4.43 million people from abroad toured India in 2006, an increase of 13 percent over the previous year, Tourism and Culture Minister Ambika Soni informed parliament Thursday.

Replying to a question in the Lok Sabha, Soni said: 'The foreign tourist arrival to India during 2006 is provisionally estimated to be 4.43 million, showing an increase of 13 percent over the corresponding figure of 3.92 million during 2005.'

The minister said Britain tops the list of countries from where India gets the maximum number of tourists. During last year, 651,083 tourists were from Britain followed by 611,165 from the US.

Among others, Canada, France, Sri Lanka, Germany, Japan, Malaysia, Australia and Italy are the countries from where India saw a good flow of tourists during 2006.

To woo foreign tourists to India, the government was taking several steps like improving road, rail and air connectivity, participating in international tourism fairs and exhibitions, and using web marketing for better publicity and reach.

The minister said the government was according greater focus in the emerging markets, particularly China, Northeast Asia and Southeast Asia.

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