Taj Mahal Bags The Most-Visited Ticketed ASI Site for Domestic Tourists Title in 2021-22

The Taj Mahal: UNESCO World Heritage Site, which topped central protected sites with domestic tourist tickets in 2021-2022, according to a recent report by the Union Ministry of Tourism.

The Red Fort and Qutub Minar, both UNESCO-recognized structures in Delhi, ranked second and third respectively, behind the Mughal-era mausoleum, which had the most visitors at the time.

At a ceremony Tuesday, Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar announced the release of a 280-page report titled India Tourism Statistics 2022.

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According to the report, “the number of foreign visitor arrivals (FTAs) fell to 1.52 million in 2021, down from 2.74 million in 2020, a negative growth of 44.5 percent.”

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The Covid era has been quite challenging

Due to COVID-19 in 2020, ASI facilities were closed for more than four months before reopening in July with safety procedures in place.

The vice president claimed in his speech that the epidemic has made the past two years “extremely tough” and had a significant impact on the tourism industry. In retrospect, however, it can be argued that India knows the way and the nation is “out of the rough patch,” he said.

In addition, he presented the National Tourism Awards for 2018–19 at the Vigyan Bhawan event. Due to the Covid outbreak in India in early 2020, there was a two-year hiatus before the annual awards ceremony took place.

According to the India Tourism Statistics 2022 study, India was ranked 54th in the world in the Travel and Tourism Development Index (TTDI) in 2021.

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It also found that while foreign travel agreements (FTAs) experienced a “negative growth rate” in 2021, non-resident Indians (NRIs) and foreign visitor arrivals (ITAs) saw “positive growth”. NRI arrivals increased by 52.6% between 2020 and 2021.

The United States, Bangladesh, United Kingdom, Canada, Nepal, Afghanistan, Australia, Germany, Portugal, France, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Russia, Iraq and the Netherlands were India’s top 15 FTA source markets in 2021. According to the study, the top 15 countries accounted for over 80.9% of all FTAs ​​in India in 2021.

According to the report, tourism remains a significant source of foreign exchange revenue for the nation.

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According to the report, foreign exchange earnings (FEE) from tourism increased by 26.4% from US$6.959 billion in 2020 to US$8.797 billion in 2021.

Despite the COVID-19 ban, tourism has risen steadily worldwide in 2021, it said.

According to the data, India recorded 677.63 million domestic tourist visits in 2021, up 11.05% from 610.22 million in 2020.

Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh are the two states that receive 140.65 million and 86.12 million local visitors respectively each year. According to statistics, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra saw 1.23 million and 1.26 million foreign tourists respectively.

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