India Tourism Industry

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Tourism and hospitality in India are known to be one of the largest and successfully running industries of India. India is a country of a diverse culture that allows its visitors to enjoy the heritage and archaeological sites, and enjoy adventurous activities from trekking to diving. The tourism industry of India plays an important role in the economic growth of the country. It has allowed us to provide jobs to many people in the country.

The most popular cities visited in India include Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Agra, Jaipur, Manali and many more.

While states like Goa, Kerala, Rajasthan have a high number of visitors both local and international because of their immensely beautiful monuments, palaces, beaches and tourist attraction activities. Cities in Maharashtra specifically Mumbai, Delhi the capital and Kolkata the heart of West Bengal better known as the city of joy are entitled as shopping hubs of India. From wedding shopping to household décor items everything for every budget type is available from countless options to choose from. They are also very popular for their street food. Be it Kolkata’s Phucka and Kathi rolls; or Delhi’s Momos and Parathas; or even Vada Pav and Chaats of Mumbai. A complete routine of shopping, eating, sightseeing everything is unique in every state of India attracting thousands of tourists every year.

According to the Travel and Tourism Competitive Index (TTCI) of the World Economic Forum, India has moved to the 40th position from the 52nd position in the year 2017. India is now ahead of more than 6 positions standing at the 34th position dated in the year 2019.

The tourism industry helps in the development of other infrastructures of India which includes hotels, transportations (flights, buses, trains, ships) as well as healthcare facilities.

The occupancy rate in hotels in India from the financial year 2001 to 2021:

Financial YearOccupancy rate (%)

Here is a list of top 10 most visited states of India by foreign tourists in 2020:

  1. Tamil Nadu- 6,074,345
  2. Maharashtra- 5,078,514
  3. Uttar Pradesh- 3,780,752
  4. Delhi- 2,740,502
  5. Rajasthan- 1,754,348
  6. West Bengal- 1,617,105
  7. Punjab- 1,200,969
  8. Kerala- 1,096,407
  9. Bihar- 1,087,971
  10. Goa- 933,841

Top 7 luxurious hotels in India:

  1. Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur
  2. Rambagh Palace, Jaipur
  3. Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur
  4. Wildflower Hall, An Oberoi Resort, Shimla
  5. Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad
  6. Taj Madikeri Resort and Spa, Coorg
  7. Taj Bekal Resort and Spa, Kerala

Future of Tourism Industry of India

  • The Tourism and Hospitality dept has forecasted to have an earning of 50.9 billion US dollars by the year 2028.
  • By the year 2029, Travel and Tourism will account for nearly 53 million job opportunities
  • India is expected to be among the top 5 business travel markets, by the year 2030
  • The tourism sector is expected to grow by 6.7% to reach $35tn by the year 2029

For information on India Tourism Industry, please visit following Links:

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  • North India Tourism

  • South India Tourism

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