Foreign exchange earnings in the country have grown 8.5% during July, 2014 – June, 2015 compare to the period July, 2013 – June, 2014.
As per the information shared by the Minister of State for Tourism (Independent Charge), Culture (Independent Charge) and Civil Aviation Dr Mahesh Sharma, Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) through tourism in India, during July, 2014 – June, 2015 was at Rs 1,24,488 Crore.
The Ministry of Tourism does not compile the exclusive data of domestic and foreign tourists visiting Buddhist sites. However, it has been communicated that 12819.52 Lakh Domestic Tourist Visits and 223.35 Lakh Foreign Tourist Visits to different States/Union Territories, including the visits to Buddhist sites during 2014.
During January – June, 2015, Foreign Exchange Earnings through tourism in India were Rs.60, 302 crore.
In the year 2014-15, ministry of tourism has sanctioned Rs 33.17 Crore for the development of Budhhist Circuit.
During the year 2014, 7.68 million Foreign Tourists Arrived to India as compare to 6.97 million in the year 2013 and 6.58 million in the year 2012, a growth of 10.2% in the year 2014 and 5.9% in the year 2013.
Foreign Tourist Arrivals during January – June, 2015 to India were 3.85 million.
Ministry of Tourism, government of India has spent 166.35 crore rupees on advertisements to promote tourism in foreign countries during the year 2014-2015 as againsit Rs 195.29 crore a year ago. Till date for the year 2015-2016, government has already spent Rs 24.99 Crore.
In terms of Foreign Tourist Arrivals, India is ranked 41st in the world and 15th in terms of Foreign Exchange Earnings.
At present, e-Tourist Visa facility is available for citizens of 77 countries arriving at 9 airports in India.
The e-Tourist Visa enables the prospective visitor to apply for an Indian Visa from his/her home country online without visiting the Indian Mission and also pay the visa fee online. Once approved, the applicant receives an email authorizing him/her to travel to India and he/she can travel with a print out of this authorization. On arrival, the visitor presents the authorization to the immigration authorities who then stamp the entry into the country.