As per the latest figures announced by the Indian government’s Ministry of Tourism, the growth rate of foreign tourists arriving in India was only 2.3% in August, when compared to the last year’s arrival figures. These figures are based on the Port-wise collection of data by the Immigration Bureau (BOI). The overall growth recorded from January till August is only 4.5%.
Even though there has been increase of FTA’s in the previous month, with the figures of 5.89 lakh, when compared to the last year’s August month which recorded around 5.76 lakh and 4.86 lakh in the month of August 2013. This year’s eight months have recorded 50.68 lakh FTA’s which is more when compared to last year figures of 48.51 lakh.
Bangladesh tops the list with a high percentage of around 15.79%, USA with 12.52% and the UK with 9.7 % FTA’s in the country. Meanwhile, the Foreign Exchange Earning (EEE) grows to 0.8% in the previous month, while 3% growth was recorded during January to August month.
Despite the government’s successful initiative of Electronic Tourist Visa (ETV) which was also extended to the foreign tourist coming from many parts of the world, these growth figures raise a lot of question marks. And that has been also seen as Incredible India’s failure to attract the visitors.