Maximum foreign tourists in India from US: Centre

New Delhi, July 8 (IANS) The union tourism ministry on Wednesday said the Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) have registered a 1.8 percent growth compared to June last year, with the US contributing the highest number of tourists.

The FTAs were registered as 5.13 lakh in June 2015, compared to 5.05 lakh during the same period in 2014, the ministry said in a statement.

It said the percentage share of FTAs was the highest from the US, with 22.21 percent, followed by 17 percent from Bangladesh, 7.18 percent from Britain, 4 percent from Malaysia, 2.36 percent from China, 2.10 percent from Nepal and 1.54 percent from Pakistan.

The percentage share of FTAs during June 2015 was found the highest at Delhi airport, with 25.92 percent followed by Mumbai airport 17.58 percent and Chennai airport 11.61 percent.

The foreign exchange earnings during June 2015 were found to have registered a growth of 5.8 percent, from Rs.8,458 crore in June 2014 to Rs.8,951 crore in June 2015.

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