New Delhi: Bangladesh, US and UK were the three largest international tourist source markets of India in 2016, according to new data released by India’s Ministry of Tourism.
India welcomed a total of 8.89 million international visitors last year, up 10.7 per cent compared to 2015.
Visitor spending accelerated even faster, reaching a total of INR1.56 trillion (US$23.1 billion), up 15.1 per cent year-on-year.
In December 2016 alone, India handled more than a million international visitors (1,037,000), up 13.7 per cent compared to the same month last year, while visitor spending increased 18.7 per cent to INR168.1bn.
The number of e-tourist visas issued at Indian airports reached 1.08m in 2016, accounting for approximately 12 per cent of total arrivals. The system is now in place for the citizens of 161 countries.