Bangladesh beats USA to be top tourist contributor to India

Bangladesh beat USA to emerge as the top source of tourists to India in January.

The country contributed 16.4% of India’s foreign tourists for the month, followed by USA with 14.1% and UK with 10.8%.

Delhi International Airport accounted for the highest number of foreign tourist entries into India, with 28% of all foreign tourists choosing to come to India via the national capital.

Delhi was followed by Mumbai with 17.5%.

The high number of people coming from Bangladesh on tourist visas also meant that the third preferred entry point for foreign tourists to India was the Haridaspur land check post on the India-Bangladesh border.

The check post account for 7.63%, edging out Chennai Airport with its 7.17% figure to take the third place.

The total number of foreign tourists who arrived in India in January showed an increase of 8.4% compared to the same month last year. Last year, the numbers had shown an increase of 16.4%.

Besides UK, US and Bangladesh, countries such as Canada (4.63%), Russia (4.49%), Australia (3.60%), France (2.76%) and Germany (2.64%) also contributed tourists to India last month.

Among Asian countries contributing tourists to India were Malaysia (2.63%), Sri Lanka (2.59%), China (2.27%), Japan (2.08%), Republic of Korea (1.93%), Afghanistan (1.86%) and Nepal (1.59%).