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The Ministry of Tourism compiles monthly estimates of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) on the basis of Nationality-wise, Port-wise data received from Bureau of Immigration (BOI) and Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) from tourism on the basis of data available from Reserve Bank of India. The following are the important highlights regarding FTAs and FEEs from tourism during the month of May 2015.

Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs):

• FTAs during the Month of May 2015 were 5.11 lakh as compared to FTAs of 4.68 lakh during the month of May 2014 and 4.17 lakh in May 2013. There has been a growth of 9.2% in May 2015 over May 2014.

• FTAs during the period January- May 2015 were 33.32 lakh with a growth of 3.6%, as compared to the FTAs of 32.15 lakh in January- May 2014 .

• The Percentage share of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India during May 2015 among the top 15 source countries was highest from Bangladesh (19.32%), followed by USA (16.99%), UK (7.79%), Malaysia (3.59%), Sri Lanka (3.54%), Japan (2.78%), Australia (2.66%), Canada (2.63%), Germany (2.59%), China (2.56%), Nepal (2.52%), Singapore (2.36%), France (2.16%),Pakistan (1.84%) and Oman (1.66%) . These top 15 countries account for 74.99% of total FTAs during May 2015.

• The Percentage share of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India during May 2015 among the top 15 ports was highest at Delhi Airport (26.06_%) followed by Mumbai Airport (17.88%), Haridaspur Land check post (10.95%), Chennai Airport (9.83%), Bengaluru Airport (7.24%), Cochin Airport (4.06%), Hyderabad Airport (4.05%), Kolkata Airport (3.97%),Gede Rail (2.27%), Trivandrum Airport (1.81%), Tiruchirapalli Airport (1.58%), Ahmedabad Airport (1.54%), Ghojadanga Airport (1.29%), Attari Wagha (1.08%) and Goa Airport (0.67%). These top 15 ports account for 94.28% of total FTAs during May 2015.

Foreign ExchangeEarnings (FEEs) from Tourism in India in rupee terms and in US$ terms

• FEEs during the month of May 2015 were `8,877 crore as compared to `7,184 crore in May 2014 and `6,627 crore in May 2013.

• The growth rate in FEEs in rupee terms during May 2015 over May 2014 was 23.6% as compared to 8.4% in May 2014 over May 2013.

• FEEs from tourism in rupee terms in January- May 2015 were `51,351 crore with a growth of 6.3% as compared to the FEE of `48,302 crore with a growth of 8.7% during January- May 2014 over January- May 2013.

• FEEs in US$ terms during the month of May 2015 were US$ 1.392 billion as compared to FEEs of US$ 1.210 billion during the month of May 2014 and US$ 1.207 billion in May 2013.
• The growth rate in FEEs in US$ terms in May 2015 over May 2014 was 15.0% compared to 0.2% in May 2014 over May 2013.
• FEEs from tourism in US$ terms during January- May 2015 were US$ 8.207 billion with a growth of 4.0% as compared to the US$ 7.894 billion with a decline of 3.5% during January- May 2014 over January- May 2013.