Foreign visitors to India has dropped from 10.93 million in 2019 to 2.74 million in 2020, showing the effects of the pandemic on the tourism sector in India.
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from travel daily media 1.12.21
As many as 10.93 million foreign tourists came to India in 2019 but the number dropped to 2.74 million in 2020, while domestic tourist visits in the country fell from 2,32,19,82,663 in 2019 to 61,02,16,157 in 2020, the Ministry of Tourism said in India said.
The COVID-19 pandemic, which began in China’s Wuhan, spread to India and other parts of the world in 2020, prompting the government to suspend international flights in March that year. “The number of foreign tourist arrivals during 2019 was 10.93 million, which decreased to 2.74 million in 2020. The number of domestic tourist visits in India during 2019 was 2,32,19,82,663, which decreased to 61,02,16,157 (in 2020),” Tourism Minister G Kishan Reddy said in a written reply.
Responding to another question, he said the Ministry of Tourism under its ‘Swadesh Darshan’ scheme has sanctioned 76 projects under identified themes. Identification, promotion and development of tourism is primarily the responsibility of the state governments.