For a second straight year, Tamil Nadu saw the most tourist arrivals despite having one of the lowest expenditures on tourism, finds a study by World Travel and Tourism Council — India Initiative. India at present ranks 34 out of 140 economies in terms of travel and tourism competitiveness. Though the government has introduced the e-visa scheme and made efforts to increase India’s rank in the ‘Ease of Doing Business’ index, it is still a long road to becoming a major destination for international tourism. Tamil Nadu accounted for 21% of all tourist visits in 2018, followed by UP at 15%. In 2018, India had nearly 2 billion tourists, both domestic and foreign. A look at how states performed
The second most visited destination in India
* Agra, Varanasi make UP second-most visited state.
* 185 cr Total tourist visits in 2018, a 12% increase from 2017.
* 2.89 cr International tourist visits in 2018, up 7% from 2017.
Who spends the most on tourism?
* Goa, Sikkim spend the biggest chunk of budget on tourism.
* $247 billion: India’s tourism GDP in 2018, up by 6.7% from 2017. Tourism contributed about 9% to the country’s total GDP.
* 4.3 cr jobs were generated, directly and indirectly, by the tourism and travel industry in 2018.
* The growth was largely driven by domestic tourism.
* 1,518 cr: Combined states’ spending on marketing and publicity for tourism.
Which state has the best infra?
* Delhi has the highest density of ‘branded’ rooms.
* Delhi has the highest density (rooms per sqkm) of branded rooms, followed by Goa.
* Karnataka and Tamil Nadu added the most branded rooms in 2018.
The well-connected states
* Delhi, Maharashtra see the most air traffic
* The most dense road network is in Delhi, followed by Kerala and Goa.
* The most dense rail network in also in Delhi, followed by West Bengal and Bihar.
Source: World Travel and Tourism Council — India Initiative, Hotelivate