In what can be seen as a major boost to tourism, foreign tourist arrivals (FTAs) in the country in May 2014 have grown 9.7% over the same month last year. The Ministry of Tourism in a statement said that FTAs for May 2014 were at 4.21 lakh compared with 3.84 lakh in May 2013. In May 2012, the figure was 3.74 lakh. FTAs during the period January-May 2014 were 30.52 lakh, which is 6.6 per cent higher than 28.63 lakh arrivals in the corresponding period in 2013, the statement added.
Foreign exchange earnings, on the other hand, grew 21.5 per cent from ₹6,092 crore in May 2013 to ₹7,403 crore in May 2014. In a separate statement, the Ministry said that during May 2014, a total of 1,833 Visa on Arrival (VOA) were issued compared with 1,114 VoAs during the month of May 2013, registering a growth of 64.5 per cent. . . . . . . .