The numbers of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) to India during 2012, 2013 and 2014 were 6.58 million, 6.97 million and 7.68 million, respectively.

Some of the factors responsible for inbound tourists to and outbound tourists from any country, including India, are economic conditions of the source and destination countries, air connectivity, availability of reasonably priced hotel accommodation, good tourism infrastructure, etc.

The figures of FTAs do not include the arrivals of NRIs whereas the figures of INDs include the departures of NRIs.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge), Culture (Independent Charge) and Civil Aviation Dr Mahesh Sharma in reply to an unstarred question today in Rajya Sabha.