India sees 12% more tourists at half year mark
The Hindu Business Line reported that they spent 20% more too.
“The growth in the tourism sector during the first half of this year has followed last year’s pattern. Leisure tourism still remains the main factor in attracting tourists from abroad,” M.N. Javed, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, was quoted saying.
However, he added that the traffic of leisure tourists has not been uniform across the country.
“Places in Goa attract more leisure travellers than Mumbai, Delhi or Bangalore. The average room rates in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore have shot up and in these places, foreign traffic consist of mostly business and corporate travellers,” he was quoted saying.
Hoteliers across the main cities confirmed that foreign business travel has been the main source of their revenue.
“Nearly 65-75 per cent of our earnings are in foreign exchange. In Bangalore, around 70 per cent of the business (in hotels) comes from corporate travellers, of which foreign travellers constitute a major part,” Lemuel Herbert, General Manager, The Park, Bangalore, was quoted saying in the report.
According to Javed, the Ministry expects 13-15% growth in foreign tourist arrivals during this year.