India registers nearly 57% rise in foreign tourists under e-Tourist Visa scheme in December
India has registered nearly 57% growth in foreign tourists arrival under its e-Tourist Visa scheme in December last year.
The total number of foreign tourists arrived in the country rose up 56.6% to 1,62,250 in December 2016 as against 1,03,617 in December 2015, cited Ministry of Tourism in an official statement on Wednesday.
For the full-year period that is from January to December last year, the country had witnessed a 142.5% growth in foreign tourists arrival under the government's e-Tourist Visa scheme.
The total number of foreign tourists arrived in the country in January to December 2016 were 10,79,696 as compared to 4,45,300 in January to December 2015.
"This high growth may be attributed to introduction of e-Tourist Visa for 161 countries as against the earlier coverage of 113 countries," Ministry of Tourism said in a release.
In terms of percentage of countries availing e-Tourist Visa facilities during December last year, the United Kingdom (UK) topped the list with 22.4%, followed by the United States of America (USA) with 16.4% and Russian Fed with 7.7%, among other countries.
On top airports that received the maximum arrival of foreign tourists under the scheme, New Delhi Airport topped the list with 36.6%, followed by Mumbai Aiport with 23.1% and Dabolim (Goa) Airport with 13.6%, among others during December last year.
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