E-tourist visa has fuelled the tourism growth in India with 1,05,268 foreign tourists arriving in the month of October as compared to 56,477 in September.
Overall, Indian tourism industry saw a growth of 86.4 % growth in the last month. Tourists from United Kingdom (UK) occupy the top slot (22.9%) in terms of number of people using e tourist visa to visit India followed by USA (12.1%) and France (6.6%) amongst other countries.
The government of India is providing e tourist visa for citizens of 150 countries arriving at 16 International Airports in India.
This high growth is attributed to introduction of e-Tourist Visa for 150 countries as against the earlier coverage of 113 countries.
The percentage shares of top 10 source countries availing e-Tourist Visa facilities during October 2016 were as follows: UK (22.9%), USA (12.1%), France (6.6%), China (5.8%), Russian Fed (5.6%), Germany (5.5%), Australia (4.5%), Canada (3.6%), Spain (2.3%) and Netherlands (2.1%).