New figures show that India saw strong visitor numbers from the US, UK and Bangladesh during 2009.

New figures show that India saw strong visitor numbers from the US, UK and Bangladesh during 2009.

Data from the Tourism Ministry shows that a total of 803,021 people travelled from the US to the country, while 748,765 travelled from the UK and 458,063 came from Bangladesh.

The same three countries lead the visitor numbers in 2008 and reflect the continuing popularity of India.

Overall, there were a total of 510,000 foreign visitors in 2008 – an increase of 3.3 per cent compared to 2008 visitor levels.

There also relatively large numbers of visitors from a number of other countries such as France, Germany, Australia, Japan and Malaysia.

It is estimated that tourism contributed around $11.39 billion to the Indian economy in 2009.

Meanwhile, Etihad Airways has announced new flight services to Bengaluru, with a daily service beginning in March.

Written by Alex Cochrane.

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