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Travel and Tourism - India - November 2012

India’s economy has been growing at a robust rate, enjoying an average annual gross domestic product (GDP) of 8.5% throughout the mid-2000s, while the country’s emerging middle class (around 300 million strong) – better educated and with a higher disposable income than previous generations – is fuelling the demand for everything from automobiles to holidays abroad.

Figures from the MOT show that in 2011, 14.2 million Indians travelled overseas, compared to only 4.5 million in 2001. The number of Indians who took holidays within their own country is even more impressive. In 2002, India registered around 270 million domestic tourists, but by 2011, that figure had surged to almost 851 million, generating the equivalent of US$79.31 billion.

Foreign tourist arrivals and expenditures represent a fraction of those figures. (As in many countries, domestic tourism is by far the largest sector of the travel and tourism industry.) In 2011, according to the MOT, India registered 6.29 million international arrivals (up from 5.08 million in 2007). Last year, foreign tourists generated US$16.6 billion in revenues.



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Table of contents

  1. India: Key Facts

    • Introduction

      • Data Sources

        • Background

          • History
            • Geography
            • Attractions

                • The Golden Triangle
                  • Mumbai
                    • Kerala
                      • Goa
                        • Medical tourism
                          • Food and festivals
                          • Tourism and the Economy

                              • The economy is slowing down
                                • Tourism revenues
                                  • Figure 1: Foreign exchange earnings from international tourism, 2002-11
                                • Tourism, employment and GDP
                                  • Figure 2: Travel & tourism economy showing direct & indirect impact on employment & GDP, 2007-11
                              • Arrivals

                                • International
                                  • Figure 3: International tourist arrivals, 2007-11
                                  • Figure 4: Top 10 source markets for international arrivals, 2009-11
                                • Emerging source countries
                                  • Domestic
                                    • Figure 5: Domestic tourist visits in India, 2002-11
                                • Market Characteristics

                                  • International
                                    • Purpose of visit
                                      • Seasonality
                                        • Figure 6: International monthly arrivals showing seasonality, 2008-11
                                      • Length of stay
                                        • Domestic
                                          • Purpose of visit
                                            • Seasonality/length of stay
                                            • Transport

                                              • Air
                                                • Figure 7: International passengers (inbound & outbound) at India’s airports, fiscal years 2010/11 and 2011/12
                                              • Airlines
                                                • Road
                                                  • Rail
                                                    • Sea
                                                    • Accommodation

                                                        • Supply not yet caught up with demand
                                                          • Figure 8: Average room rate by hotel classification, fiscal years 2006/07-2010/11
                                                          • Figure 9: Average annual occupancy rates in select cities, fiscal years 2006/07-2010/11
                                                        • The MICE market
                                                        • Tourism News

                                                            • Tourist visa on arrival
                                                            • What Next?

                                                              Travel and Tourism - India - November 2012

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