India has registered positive growth in both domestic and foreign tourist visits during the calendar year of 2016, when compared with 2015, according to data released by Market Research Division of Ministry of Tourism on (23 June).
Domestic Tourist Visits to States/ Union Territories (UTs)
During 2016, the number of domestic tourist visits (DTVs) to the States/ UTs was 1613.55 million as compared to 1431.97 million in 2015 witnessing a growth of 12.68 per cent over 2015.
The top ten states in terms of number of domestic tourist visits (in millions), during 2016, were Tamil Nadu (343.81), Uttar Pradesh (211.71), Andhra Pradesh (153.16), Madhya Pradesh (150.49), Karnataka (129.76), Maharashtra (116.52), Telangana (95.16), West Bengal (74.46), Gujarat (42.25) and Rajasthan (41.5).
Foreign Tourist Visits to States/ UTs
During 2016, the number of foreign tourist visits (FTVs) to the states/ UTs was 24.71 million as compared to 23.33 million in 2015 experiencing an increase of 5.92 per cent over 2015.
The top ten states in terms of number of FTVs (in millions) during 2016 were Tamil Nadu (4.72), Maharashtra (4.67), Uttar Pradesh (3.16), Delhi (2.52), West Bengal (1.53), Rajasthan (1.51), Kerala (1.04), Bihar (1.01), Goa (0.68) and Punjab (0.66).