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The World Travel and Tourism Council forecasts Indian tourism sector to grow at annual average growth rate of 7 per cent over the next ten years.

Tourism & Hospitality Industry in India

Latest update: February, 2018

  • Tourism in India accounts for 9.6 per cent of the GDP and is the 3rd largest foreign exchange earner for the country
  • The tourism and hospitality sector’s direct contribution to GDP in 2016, was US$ 71.53 billion
  • During 2006–17E, direct contribution of tourism and hospitality to GDP is expected to register a CAGR of 14.05 per cent
  • The direct contribution of travel and tourism to GDP is expected to reach US$ 147.96 billion by 2027


Notes: CAGR – Compound Annual Growth Rate, E - Estimates, GDP stands for Gross Domestic Product,
Source: World Travel and Tourism Council’s Economic Impact 2017, News Articles

  • In 2016, foreign tourist arrival in India stood at 8.8 million.
  • By 2025, foreign tourist arrivals in India is expected to reach 15.3 million, according to the World Tourism Organisation
  • In December 2016, over 1,62,250 foreign tourists arrived on e-Tourist Visa, in comparison with 103,617 foreign tourists in December 2015, registering a growth of 56.6 per cent over the previous year
  • As of December 2016, 8.8 million tourists have visited India, mostly from UK, US and Bangladesh. This has been due to flexible government policies, developed rail and road infrastructure, ease in availability of e-visas to foreign tourists.
  • The number of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in April 2017 were 7.40 lakh as compared to FTAs of 5.99 lakh in April 2016 and 5.42 lakh in April, 2015.


Source: World Travel and Tourism Council’s Economic Impact 2015, Ministry of Tourism



Last Updated: February, 2018

SECTORAL REPORT | February, 2018


The Indian tourism and hospitality industry has emerged as one of the key drivers of growth among the services sector in India. Tourism in India has significant potential considering the rich cultural and historical heritage, variety in ecology, terrains and places of natural beauty spread across the country. Tourism is also a potentially large employment generator besides being a significant source of foreign exchange for the country. India's Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEEs) increased 20.4 per cent year-on-year between January-November 2017 to US$ 24.655 billion.

Market Size

India is the most digitally-advanced traveller nation in terms of digital tools being used for planning, booking and experiencing a journey@@, India’s rising middle class and increasing disposable incomes has continued to support the growth of domestic and outbound tourism.

Domestic Tourist Visits (DTVs) to the States/Union Territories (UTs) grew by 15.5 per cent y-o-y to 1.65 billion (provisional) during 2016 with the top 10 States/UTs contributing about 84.2 per cent to the total number of DTVs, as per Ministry of Tourism.

Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India increased 14.4 per cent year-on-year to 1.005 million and the number of FTAs on e-tourist visa increased 56.2 per cent to 214,000 in November 2017, as per Ministry of Tourism, Government of India.

India is expected to move up five spots to be ranked among the top five business travel market globally by 2030, as business travel spending in the country is expected to treble until 2030 from US$ 30 billion in 2015.#

International hotel chains will likely increase their expansion and investment plans in India, and are expected to account for 50 per cent share in the Indian hospitality industry by 2022, from the current 44 per cent.*


The tourism and hospitality sector is among the top 10 sectors in India to attract the highest Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). During the period April 2000-June 2017, the hotel and tourism sector attracted around US$ 10.48 billion of FDI, according to the data released by Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP).

Government Initiatives

The Indian government has realised the country’s potential in the tourism industry and has taken several steps to make India a global tourism hub.

Some of the major initiatives planned by the Government of India to give a boost to the tourism and hospitality sector of India are as follows:

  • The Government of India signed a loan agreement for US$ 40 million with the World Bank for the Uttar Pradesh Pro-Poor Tourism Development Project aimed at developing tourism facilities in the state.

Road Ahead

India’s travel and tourism industry has huge growth potential. The tourism industry is also looking forward to the expansion of E-visa scheme which is expected to double the tourist inflow to India. India's travel and tourism industry has the potential to expand by 2.5 per cent on the back of higher budgetary allocation and low cost healthcare facility, according to a joint study conducted by Assocham and Yes Bank.

Exchange Rate Used: INR 1 = US$ 0.015 as of January 4, 2018.

References: Media Reports, Ministry of Tourism, Press Releases, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Press Information Bureau (PIB), Union Budget 2017-18

Note - ! - As per the report of National Skill Development Corporation on “Human Resource and Skill Requirements in the Travel, Tourism & Hospitality Sector (2013 -17, 2017 – 22)”, @ - World Economic Forum (WEF) report, # - According to a report by KPMG and FCM Travel Solutions, # - According to data from Indian Credit Rating Agency (ICRA), @@ - according to a survey by Travelport

Disclaimer: This information has been collected through secondary research and IBEF is not responsible for any errors in the same.


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