Domestic and international tourist arrival in Tamil Nadu witnessed a 25 per cent increase in 2009 with the number crossing the eight crore mark. Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation has targeted a 35 per cent rise in tourist arrivals during this year.
"In 2009, the number of arrivals of both domestic and foreign travellers was 8,04,06,657 compared to last year's 6,46,58,671, thus registering a growth of 24.36 per cent," Achittaranja N Mohandoss, Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation (TTDC) Managing Director said.
The number of foreign tourists was 23,69,050 in 2009 compared to 20,40,419 in 2008 . With the end of ethnic war in Sri Lanka, arrival of Sri Lankan tourists has also increased. The number of Sri Lankan tourists, who visited the state during 2009, was 4,23,613 compared to previous year's 3,84,176.
"In order to increase the tourist arrival figures in 2010, TTDC has chalked out various plans including introducing adventure sports this year", he said. The plan is to increase tourist arrivals by 35 per cent. According to TTDC statistics, April is considered to be the peak season in terms of tourist arrivals. In April 2009, 66,37,910 tourists visited Tamil Nadu compared to 44,07,230 in the 2008.
Mohandoss said "TTDC also plans to introduce sailing along the coast near Muttukadu this year. The boathouse and backwaters there offer the prefect setting for sailing", he said.