Domestic Tourism Continues to Grow at Double Digit During 2011



The number of domestic tourist visits (DTVs) to the States/ UTs during 2011 was 851 million as compared to 748 million in 2010 and 669 million in 2009. During 2011, the number of domestic tourist visits to States/UTs registered an increase of 13.8% over 2010 as compared to increase of 11.8% in 2010 over 2009. The top ten States in terms of number of domestic tourist visits (in millions), during 2011, were Uttar Pradesh (155.4), Andhra Pradesh (153.1), Tamil Nadu (137.5), Karnataka (84.1), Maharashtra (55.3), Madhya Pradesh (44.1), Rajasthan (27.1), Uttarakhand (25.9), West Bengal (22.3) and Gujarat (21.0).The contribution of top 10 States was about 85.3% to the total number of domestic tourist visits during 2011. The percentage shares of top 5 States were Uttar Pradesh (18.3%), Andhra Pradesh (18%), Tamil Nadu (16.2 %), Karnataka (9.9 %) and Maharashtra (6.5 %).Uttar Pradesh has occupied the first rank in terms of DTVs in 2011, whereas Andhra Pradesh, which was at first place in 2010, has moved down to the second rank.

During 2011, the number of foreign tourist visits (FTVs) to the States/ UTs was 19.5 million as compared to 17.9 million in 2010 and 14.4 million in 2009. This year, the number of FTVs to States/UTs registered a growth of 8.85% over 2010 as compared to a growth of 24.6% in 2010 over 2009. The top ten States in terms of number of FTVs (in millions) during 2011 were Maharashtra (4.8), Tamil Nadu (3.4), Delhi (2.2), Uttar Pradesh (1.9), Rajasthan (1.4), West Bengal (1.2), Bihar (0.97), Kerala (0.73), Karnataka (0.57) and Himachal Pradesh (0.48). The contribution of top 10 States was about 90.1% to the total number of FTVs in the country during 2011. The percentage shares of top 5 States were Maharashtra (24.7%), Tamil Nadu (17.3%), Delhi (11.1%), Uttar Pradesh (9.7%) and Rajasthan (6.9%).

Data shows that DTVs continued to grow at a double digit rate in 2011 also. The growth in FTVs moderated to 8.85% after an impressive growth of 24.6% in FTVs in 2010. The rate of growth of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) also reduced to 8.9% in 2011 as compared to 11.8% in 2010.

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