Tourism Statistics for India

The Ministry of Tourism, India, plays a nodal role in developing tourism in the country. It fulfills the duties of promotion & marketing, initiation of private investment, coordination with State/Union Territory Governments, training of workforce resources, and others.

Why is it in the News?

The Ministry of Tourism recently released the Indian Tourism Statistics for 2021. The statistics are available on the Ministry’s website in Hindi and English.

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What are the Indian Tourism Statistics?

An annual publication issued by the Ministry of Tourism is known as the Indian Tourism Statistics. The publication gives a detailed yearly account of the country’s international and domestic tourism, including information about the classified hotels.

In addition to the detailed Indian Tourism Statistics also publishes a small brochure called Tourism Statistics at a Glance—a report on the latest key statistical data.

Furthermore, the Ministry also reveals month-wise Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) figures and Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEE) from the country’s tourism industry. They are put out regularly within a time lag of 15 days.

The India Tourism Statistics 2022 is expected to release soon on the Ministry’s website.

Key Takeaways of India Tourism Statistics 2021

  • The total number of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India in 2020 was 2.74 Million, with an Annual Growth Rate of -74.9%
  • The total number of Indian Nationals Departures from India in 2020 was 7.29 Million with an Annual Growth Rate of -97.3%
  • The estimated foreign exchange earnings from Tourism in INR is 50136 Crore with an Annual Growth Rate of -76.3% and in US$ is US$ 6.958 Billion.

Among such details, the report usually also included information on

  • Inbound Tourism, 2001-2020
  • Share of India in International Tourist Arrivals in World and Asia & the Pacific Region, 2001– 2020
  • Purpose-wise Foreign Tourist Arrivals during 2020
  • Top 8 International Check Posts for FTAs in India in 2020
  • Top 10 Source Countries for FTAs in India in 2020
  • Major airport-wise arrival of foreign tourist availing e-Tourist Visa
  • Share of India in International Tourism Receipt in World and Asia & the Pacific Region, 2001– 2020
  • Indian Nationals’ Departures (INDs) from India, 2001-2020
  • Top 10 destination countries for INDs during 2020
  • Purpose-wise INDs during 2020
  • Number of domestic tourist visits to all States/UTs in India, 2001 – 2020
  • Share of Top 10 States/UTs of India in domestic tourist visits, 2020
  • Number of foreign tourist visits to all States/UTs in India, 2001 – 2020
  • Number of approved Hotels and Hotel Rooms as on 28-6-2021
  • Number of Operators approved by the Ministry as on 31-5-2021
  • Scheme-wise plan outlay of Ministry of Tourism 2020 – 21 and 2021 – 22

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Role and Functions of the Ministry of Tourism

Below is the list of some of the main functions of the Ministry of Tourism—

  • Developing tourism policies and incentives and providing feedback from the field offices.
  • Planning & coordinating with other ministries, departments, and state/UT governments.
  • Creating guidelines for infrastructure and product development.
  • Publicity & marketing of policies and strategies.
  • Optimizing human resource institutions.
  • Providing external assistance and international co-operation, handling of international bodies, bilateral agreements, and foreign technical collaboration.
  • Implementing the official language policy.
  • Creating hospitality programs, tourist facilitation and information conventions, and conferences.
  • Finalizing approvals and classification of hotels and restaurants, in addition to approval of travel agents, inbound tour and tourist transport operators, among others.
  • Undertaking inspection & quality control measures.

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Frequently Asked Questions on Tourism Statistics in India


How many regional tourism offices are there in India?

The Ministry of Tourism has five Regional offices in Kolkata (East), Mumbai (West), Delhi (North), Chennai (South), and Guwahati (North East). The offices are headed by Deputy Director General designated as Regional Director.


Why is the Indian Tourism Statistics 2022 important?

Statistics are usually a vital record for decisive and evidence-based planning of government policies and programs. The Indian Tourism Statistics provides detailed and reliable data that directly impacts the effectiveness of government policies.


When is the National Tourism Day?

The National Tourism Day is celebrated on January 25 every year by the Indian government to create awareness and pledge the importance of tourism for the Indian economy.


What is the tagline of Indian Tourism?

The tagline for Indian Tourism is Atithi Devo Bhava, Incredible India


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