Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Rise in Number of Foreigners Taking India Flights in September

Figures released by Government of India indicate that there has been a rise in the number of foreign tourists grabbing tickets on flights to different parts of India. In September 2012, approximately 0.42 million foreign tourists made bookings for air tickets on flights bound to India. In the same period in 2011, approximately 0.40 million foreigners had booked flights tickets to the country. This has resulted in a growth of 3.2 per cent for Sep 2012 over Sep 2011.

If one talks about the year so far, as many as 4.63 mn foreign vacationers took India bound flights tickets during January-September as compared to 4.37 mn who bought air tickets on flights in the year 2011 in the same period, resulting in a growth of 5.9 per cent.

Tourism Ministry of the country seems buoyed with the news and hopes to push foreign tourist arrivals in India to 12 million by 2016-17.

Rise in tourist inflow from different countries of the world has directly impacted the country’s foreign exchange. In September, forex were INR 6,652 crore (USD 1265.50 mn approx) as against to INR 5,748 crore (USD 1093 mn approx) in 2011, which is a rise of 15.7 per cent, as revealed by ministry data.

India remains a highly popular holiday destination with heaps of foreigners vying to get their hands around cheap tickets on flights to the nation. September is the start of peak tourist season in the country when summer heat and wet rainy season makes way for pleasant autumn weather.

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