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India earned $27 bn from foreign arrivals in 2017: Tourism Minister

"So we are hoping that much large number of tourists will come to India in future," Kannanthanam said

Press Trust of India  |  Kochi 

Taj Mahal
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earned an income of USD 27 billion from in the year 2017, Union said here today.

Stating that sector was doing "extremely well", he said in 2017 alone, there was an increase of 15.2 per cent in the to the country.

"And the foreign exchange earnings went up by 20.2 per cent. So my income from from foreign tourists' arrival alone last year has been 27 billion dollars and if we convert to rupee terms it would come to approximately Rs 1,75,000 crore," Kannanthanam told reporters here.

He said the sector is contributing 6.88 per cent to the country's total GDP, besides 12.36 per cent of the total employment in terms of jobs.

"I think our sector is doing very well. But am I happy with the numbers? No. I want these numbers to increase dramatically because is an incredible place and we have everything for everybody. So we are trying to bring in lot more people," he said.

Responding to a query on tourist arrivals from Israel, he referred to Israeli Prime Minister's visit and said both the nations are now having a close relationship.

"So we are hoping that much large number of tourists will come to in future," Kannanthanam said.

He also said is one of the favourite tourist destinations for Indians and very large number of people were going there.

The was here to chair a review meeting between officials of and government on the development of railways in the state.

First Published: Tue, January 16 2018. 18:40 IST