Foreign tourist arrivals (FTAs) in India during the period January-September 2010 showed a growth of 10.0 percent at 3.83 million as compared to the FTAs of 3.48 million and a negative growth rate of 7.4 percent during January-September 2009 over the corresponding period of 2008.
Indian government has launched a scheme of visa on arrival (VoA) to attract more foreign tourists from January 2010 for citizens of Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand and Singapore.
The first 6 months of 2010 has already shown an over 20 per cent increase in tourist arrivals both domestic and international in Karnataka, according to Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC). During the period, there were about 19.8 million domestic arrivals as against 14.3 mil in the same period the previous year. While 1.60 lakh foreign tourists visited the state in the first six months this year, against 0.96 lakh during the same period the previous year. Continue reading