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56.6% growth in foreign tourist arrivals on e-tourist visas

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A 56.6% growth in foreign tourist arrivals on e-tourist visa (ETVs) was recorded in December 2016 as compared to the same period in the previous year, an official press release said here today.
 
A total of 1,62,250 foreign tourists arrived during the month on ETVs as compared to 1,03,617 during December 2015, it said.
 
UK at 22.4% continues to occupy the top slot followed by USA (16.4%) and Russian Federation (7.7%) among the countries availing ETV facility.
 
The facility of e-visa has been made available by the Government to the citizens of 161 countries, arriving at 16 international airports in India.
 
During January- December 2016, a total of 10,79,696 tourists arrived on ETVs as compared to 4,45,300 during the same period in the previous year, registering a growth of 142.5%.
 
This high growth may be attributed to introduction of ETVs for 161 countries as against the earlier coverage of 113 countries.
 
The percentage shares of top 10 source countries availing ETVs  during December, 2016 were: UK (22.4%), USA (16.4%), Russian Fed (7.7%), China (5.3%), Australia (4.6%), France (4.1%), Germany (4.0%), South Africa (3.7%), Canada (3.7%) and Republic of Korea (2.0%).
 
The percentage shares of top 10 ports in tourist arrivals on ETVs during December, 2016 were: New Delhi Airport (36.6%), Mumbai Airport (23.1%), Dabolim (Goa) Airport (13.6%), Chennai Airport (6.0%), Bengaluru Airport (5.1%),Kochi Airport (4.7%), Kolkata Airport (2.5%), Hyderabad Airport (2.4%), Trivandrum Airport (1.9%) and Ahmadabad Airport (1.7%).
 
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