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%).
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.