Number of foreign tourist taking flights to India rose significantly this June metering a growth of 4.8 percent as compared to June last year. The increase in FTA also led to a robust growth in the foreign exchange earning.

It seems more and more vacationers are choosing India as their choice of holiday destination. Figures released by authorities reveal that Incredible India campaign saw a 4.8 percent growth in the number of foreign tourist arrivals this June with 4.32 lakh foreigners taking flights to India as compared to 4.12 lakh in the same month last year.

In a statement issued by the India’s tourism ministry on Tuesday, it was revealed that FTAs during the period January-June in 2012 were 32.37 lakh. This is up by 7.4 per cent from 30.15 lakh in the corresponding period previous year.

India is a much sought after holiday destination that tempts many European tourists to look for cheap flight deals for India tour. In the recent past, the country’s tourism ministry has also worked overtime to ensure India’s heightened viability as a leisure destination.

The ministry had organised a number of road shows abroad to showcase India’s prominent holiday destinations in a bid to woo foreign tourists. Moreover, the ministry has launched a Clean India campaign with an aim to keep tourist sites all over the nation clean and hygienic. Uninterrupted garbage clearance, maintenance of toilets and establishing of proper signage at the tourist complex are few of the steps that will be undertaken in this campaign.

All such initiatives seem to have worked in favour of India’s tourism industry. Cheap flights to India are becoming popular and hotels are witnessing higher occupancy even in traditional lean seasons.

“Currently there are about six million foreign tourists coming to the country and our aim is to increase it to 12 million,” a senior tourism ministry official was quoted in media reports.

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