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India earns $15 billion from foreign tourist arrivals in 2016

India saw a 10 percent rise in foreign tourist arrivals (FTAs) in the first eight months this year, enabling Asia's third-largest economy to earn close to $15 billion in foreign exchange earnings (FEEs).

The tourism season, so to speak, begins in October and ends in March next year, in the country. Data released by the government on Tuesday showed that 55.92 lakh (5.59 million) foreign tourists visited India between January and August this year, including 6.70 lakh last month, marking an increase of 10.2 percent over the 50.73 lakh (5.07 million) tourist arrivals during the corresponding period last year. Why advertise with us? RELATED E-tourist visas are increasingly becoming popular among foreign tourists visiting India. In Picture: Tourists and skiers ski on a slope in Gulmarg, 55 km (34 miles) west of Srinagar February 7, 2012 (representational image).

Tourist arrivals using e-tourist visa rise sharply during January-August Tata Group company Indian Hotels Company, whose hotel properties include Taj Hotels, is confident of better prospects for the hospitality industry this year. In Picture: The Taj Mahal hotel is seen in Mumbai December 14, 2008 (file photo). Taj Hotels and Resorts confident of prospects for travel and tourism sector in FY17 During the eight-month period, earnings from these tourists rose 7.8 percent to $14.92 billion from $13.83 billion earned between January and August last year.