India’s tourist arrivals rise 4% in January

India welcomed 790,000 visitors in January 2015 (photo by Jorg Hackemann)
India welcomed 790,000 visitors in January 2015 (photo by Jorg Hackemann)

Following a record year in 2014, tourist arrivals to India kept climbing in January 2015, albeit at a slower pace.

According to the latest data from the country’s Ministry of Tourism & Culture, India welcomed 790,000 overseas visitors last month, 4% more than the 720,000 recorded in January 2014.

Once again the USA was India’s largest source market, accounting for 16.4% of total visitors in January 2015. The UK (11.8%) was second, followed by Bangladesh (9.3%), Canada (4.7%), Australia (3.6%) and Russia (3.5%).

Mumbai and Delhi airports handled more than 50% of inbound visitors during the month, with Chennai, Bengaluru and Goa airports the next busiest.

In terms of tourism revenues, India generated INR115.29 billion (US$1.85bn) during the month, which also marked a year-on-year increase of 4%.

India welcomed a record 7.5m international visitors in 2014, up 7% compared to 2013.

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