Indian arrivals jump almost 20%

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630,000 overseas travellers visited India in 2017
630,000 overseas travellers visited India in 2017

International visitor arrivals to India increased strongly in May 2017, driven by the rising popularity of the country’s e-tourist visa scheme.

According to data from India’s Ministry of Tourism, the country welcomed a total of 630,000 overseas arrivals last month, up 19.5% year-on-year.

Once again, neighbouring Bangladesh was the largest feeder market for India in May 2017, accounting for 29.7% of the total arrivals. The US (14.4%), UK (6.8%), Malaysia (3.6%) and China (2.9%) completed the top five visitor source markets.

The number of visitors arriving in India on e-tourist visas also rose sharply in May, up 55.3% year-on-year to a total of 68,000. This accounted for 10.8% of total arrivals.

For the first five months of 2017, India has now welcomed a total of 4.22 million international visitors, up 16.4% year-on-year. Of this total, 650,000 entered India on e-tourist visas, up 49.4% year-on-year.

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