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No adverse impact of GST on foreign tourist arrivals: Alphons

Foreign tourist arrivals grew by 13.9% in the July-November period this year, as against the corresponding period last year.

india Updated: Dec 18, 2017 20:11 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, New Delhi
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A foreign tourist shows Rs 2000 note just on November 23, 2016.(PTI File Photo)

There was no adverse impact of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) rollout on foreign tourist arrivals (FTAs) in the country, Union tourism minister KJ Alphons informed Parliament today.

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha, he said FTAs grew by 13.9% in the July-November period this year, as against the corresponding period last year.

The GST was rolled out by the Centre on July 1, 2017.

“The number of FTAs in India, during July-November 2017, was 41.16 lakh, as compared to the 36.14 lakh during July- November 2016, registering a double-digit growth of 13.9%. As such, no adverse impact of the implementation GST was seen in tourist arrivals,” the minister said.

This year, till November, most tourists had arrived in the country via the Delhi port, followed by Mumbai, Haridaspur, Chennai and Bengaluru, he added.

Replying to another query, Alphons said FTAs during January-November, 2017 were 90.01 lakh as compared to the 77.83 lakh during the same period in 2016, registering a growth of 15.6%.

While most of the foreign tourists came from Bangladesh, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Malaysia also accounted for a number of them, he added.

First Published: Dec 18, 2017 20:11 IST