FTAS thumbs-up to Maharashtra
In the recently released stats (number of travellers) by MOT, it is evident that Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu lead the chart. reports the shift which has come to fore in terms of domestic & foreign arrivals in India.
the see-saw of tourists figures, there have been some changes in the rankings in the year 2011 according to figures from the Ministry of Tourism. In domestic visitors, Uttar Pradesh and AP tie with 18.3% and 18% of the total visitors. But foreign tourists give these two states a wide berth, preferring to head towards Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu instead.
Most of the States/Union Territories (UT) have observed a general increase in the number of domestic and foreign tourist visits during 2011. The States/UTs which recorded a decline in domestic tourist visits in 2011 over 2010 were Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Dadar & Nagar Haveli, Haryana, Sikkim and Uttarakhand. The States / UTs which experienced decline in foreign tourist visits during 2011 over 2010 were AP, Chandigarh, Dadar & Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu, Lakshadweep, Maharashtra, Mizoram and Uttarakhand.
The top five states in domestic tourist visits in 2011 were Uttar Pradesh (155.4 million), Andhra Pradesh (153.1 million), Tamil Nadu (137.5 million), Karnataka (84.1 million) and Maharashtra (55.3 million). These five states accounted for about 68.9% of the total domestic tourist visits in the country. In respect of foreign tourist visits in 2011, the top five states/ UTs were Maharashtra (4.8 million), Tamil Nadu ( 3.4 million), Delhi ( 2.2 million), Uttar Pradesh (1.9 million) and Rajasthan (1.4 million). These five states/UTs accounted for about nearly 70% of the total foreign tourist visits to the States/UTs in the country.
The Taj Mahal in Agra leads tourism leads figures for visits from both domestic (46,46,203) and foreign visitors (6,68,903).