18th May 2017
per the UNWTO definition, International
Tourist Arrivals (ITAs) comprises two components namely Foreign Tourist
Arrivals (FTAs) and Arrivals of Non-Resident Nationals. The UNWTO in its
barometer ranks countries in terms of their ITAs. So far only the figures of
FTAs were compiled in India. However, now India has started compiling the data
arrivals of Non-Resident Indians (NRIs), also.
The number of NRI arrivals during 2014 and 2015
were 5.43 million and 5.26 million, respectively.
numbers of ITAs in India during 2014 and 2015 were 13.11 million and 13.28
million, respectively. The data of ITAs, containing both the
arrivals of NRIs and FTAs, is now as per International recommendations.
Due to this inclusion,
India’s improved rank reflecting the true and comparable scenario has now been
acknowledged by the UNWTO. As per the latest UNWTO Barometer for March 2017, Rank of
India in International Tourist Arrivals in both 2014 and 2015 is 24 as against
the previous rank of 41 and 40 in the year 2014 and 2015, respectively.
With this inclusion the share of India in the ITAs has also increased from
0.68% (based on FTAs) to 1.12% in the year 2015.
Earlier India’s rank
in the Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index (TTCI), 2017 had also shown a
12 places jump from 2015. Rank of India in TTCI Report of 2017 was 40th as
compared to 52nd in 2015, 65th in 2013 and 68th in 2011.