US tourists availed Visa on Arrival facility most
Posted on April 13, 2015
Tourists from the USA availed India’s electronic travel authorisation (ETA) enabled Visa-on-Arrival (VoA) facility most in March as arrivals during this period witnessed a quantum jump.
The ETA enabled VoA scheme was availed by 28,851 foreign tourists in March as against 1,958 during the same month last year, registering a significant increase of 1,220.3 per cent, according to Tourism Ministry data.
The scheme has been made available for 44 countries by the government, and tourists from the USA registered the highest percentage at 33.25 pc followed by Germany 14.64 pc, Russian Federation 13.13 pc, Australia 8.37 pc, Republic of Korea 6.39 pc and Ukraine 4.21 pc.
Extending its growth, the Incredible India campaign drew a total of 7.3 lakh foreign tourists in March this year, registering an increase of 5.3 per cent from 6.93 lakh in the same period last year.
The foreign exchange earnings from tourism was Rs 10,451 crore in March as compared to Rs 10,152 crore in the same month last year, showing a rise of 2.9 per cent.
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