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New Delhi, September 8, 2010
Foreign tourist arrivals (FTAs) in India grew by 9 per cent in August this year to 3.82 lakh as compared to 3.50 lakh in the same month of last year, an official statement said here today on the basis of data from the major airports in the country.
The number of tourist arrivals was 3.83 lakh in August 2008, the statement said.
According to it, the growth rate in August was more than twice the level of 4.1 per cent achieved in July this year over the same month of 2009.
The statement said FTAs during the period January-August 2010 were 34.67 lakh with a growth rate of 9.7 %, as compared to the FTAs of 31.60 lakh and a negative growth rate of 7.7 % during January-August 2009 over the corresponding period of 2008.
It said the Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEE) from tourism during August this year were Rs 4620 crore as compared to Rs 4115 crore in the same month last year and Rs 3626 crore in August 2008.
The growth rate in FEE in rupee terms in August 2010 over the same month of last year was 12.3 %.
The FEE during the period January-August this year were Rs 41,437 crore, with a growth rate of 22.6 % over the level of Rs 33,791 crore recorded in the corresponding period of 2009.
In dollar terms, the FEE in August this year were $ 992 million as compared to $ 851 million during the same month of last year, a growth rate of 16.6 %.
The FEE during the period January-August 2010 were $ 8.997 billion with a growth rate of 30.7 % as compared to $ 6.886 billion achieved in the corresponding period of last year, the statement added.