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Indian tourism sees sharp rise in April

India1India’s tourism industry has continued to grow, with figures showing that the country welcomed 740,000 overseas travellers in April 2017.

That number is up 23.5% from the same month in 2017, while the UK accounted for 10.5% of all arrivals - the third largest share of the market.

Bangladesh was India’s largest source market for the month, as nearly a quarter of tourist arrivals chose to cross the border (23.1%), followed by the USA (10.7%).

In total, the three markets accounted for just over 44% of India’s total arrivals, whilst Germany, Australia, Malaysia, China, Sri Lanka, Russia and Canada completed the top 10 source markets.

India’s growth in tourism is reflected in the strong demand for its e-tourist visas – the country issued 114,000 during April 2017, which is a 63.4% year-on-year increase.

Since 2015, British travellers have been able to apply for an e-Tourist visa, which aim to make the process of obtaining the correct entry documents cheaper and quicker.

The process means travellers can expect to receive entry documents via email within four days, which is a marked improvement on a typical postal application which would usually take up to two weeks.

Over the course of the first four months of 2017, India has now welcomed 3.59 million international visitors, which is a year-on-year increase of 15.4%.

Travellers visiting India on an e-visa must arrive at one of 16 designated airports across the country, which may be why Delhi Airport continues to attract the most tourists.

Delhi Airport saw 29.20% of the foreign tourist arrivals pass through, followed by Mumbai Airport (15.48%), Haridaspur Land check post (12.88%), Chennai Airport (6.56%), Bengaluru Airport (5.67%) and Kolkata Airport (5.01%).

If you’re thinking of travelling abroad this year, be sure to organise your long-haul travel insurance in advance

Date Created: 24 May 2017

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