111 IMPORTANT HIGHLIGHTS OF INDIAN TOURISM 1 The number of Foreign Tourist

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1.1.1 IMPORTANT HIGHLIGHTS OF INDIAN TOURISM 1)The number of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India during 2010 increased to 5.78 million as compared to 5.17 million in 2009. The growth rate in FTAs during 2010 over 2009 was 11.8 per cent as compared to (-) 2.2 per cent during 2009 over 2008. The growth rate of 11.8 per cent in 2010 for India was better than UNWTO‟s projected growth rate of 5 per cent to 6 per cent for the world in 2010. 2)The share of India in international tourist arrivals in 2010 was 0.61per cent, which is 0.02 per cent improvement over 2009. However, India‟s rank improved to 40thin 2010, from 41stin 2009. India accounted for 2.83 per cent of tourist arrivals in Asia Pacific Region in 2010, with the rank of 11. 3)Tourism continues to play an important role as a foreign exchange earner for the country. In 2010, foreign exchange earnings (FEE) from tourism were ` 64889 crore as compared to ` 54960 in 2009, registering a growth of 18.1 per cent. 4)Number of domestic tourist visits in India during 2010 was 740.21 million as compared to 668.80 million in 2009, with a growth rate of 18.8 per cent. 1.1.2 FOREIGN TOURISTS ARRIVALS IN INDIA (FTAS) Tourism is an important sector of the economy and contributes significantly in the country‟s GDP as well as Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEE). With its backward and forward linkages with other sectors of the economy like transport, constriction, handicrafts, manufacturing,
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31horticulture, agriculture etc, tourism has the potential to not only be the economy driver, but also become an effective tool for poverty alleviation and ensuring growth with equity. The following table shows the number of foreign tourists‟ arrivals in India during 2000 –2011 INDIA FOREIGN TOURISTS ARRIVALS (FTAS) 2000-2011 P Provisional @ Growth rate over Jan-June 2010Source: Annual Report of Tourism Dept. 2010 Table 1.1 Arrivals of Foreign Tourists in India, 2000-2011 It is understood from the table 1.1 that, the foreign tourists arrivals in India continued to grow from 2.65 million in 2000, 2.73 million in 2003, 4.45 million in 2006, 5.17 million in 2009 and reaching 5.58 millions in 2010. The compound annual growth rate in FTAs in India during 2000 2010 was 13.5 per cent. The following Figure 1.1 shows that the FTAs in India during the period of 2000-2011. Year FTAs (in millions) Annual Growth (%) 2000 2.65 6.7 2001 2.54 - 4.2 2002 3.38 - 6.0 2003 2.73 14.3 2004 3.46 26.8 2005 3.92 13.3 2006 4.45 13.5 2007 5.08 14.3 2008 5.28 4.0 2009 5.17 - 2.2 2010 5.58 8.1 2011 ( Jan.- June P) 2.92 10.9 @
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32Figure: 1.1 Arrivals of Foreign Tourists in India, 2000 - 2011As shown in Figure 1.1 during the year 2009, India witnessed a negative growth rate of 2.2 per cent over 2008. Because of global financial meltdown, terrorist activities, H1N1 influenza pandemic etc. However growth rate for India was better than that the negative growth of 4.2 per cent registered for the world during 2009. In the year 2010, the tourism sector witnessed substantial growth as compared to 2009. The Foreign Tourists Arrivals (FTAs) in India during 2010 of 5.58 million as compared to the FTAs of 5.17 million in 2009, showing a growth of 8.1 per cent.
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