Growth registered in the final figures of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India during last two years was better than the provisional estimates of FTAs. The Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) and Minister of State for Civil Aviation Dr. Mahesh Sharma has informed about the provisional estimates and final figures of FTAs in India along with the growth rates over previous year is given below:
|Provisional FTAs (in million)||6.85||7.46|
|Growth rate (%)||4.1||7.1|
|Final FTAs (in million)||6.97||7.68|
|Growth rate (%)||5.9||10.2|
The Ministry of Tourism is currently in the process of formulating a National Tourism Policy 2015 with the aim of positioning India as a “Must Experience” and “Must Revisit” destination for global travelers, encouraging Indians to explore their own country and realizing the potential of tourism as a major engine for economic growth, employment generation and poverty alleviation in a responsible framework. During the consultation process with stake holders for getting input for the policy, one of the suggestions received for the Policy includes the setting up of a National Tourism Authority/Board.