Adventure Tourism In India
The tourism industry of India is economically important and grows rapidly. The World Travel & Tourism Council calculated that tourism generated INR6.4 trillion or 6.6% of the nation's GDP in 2012. It supported 39.5 million jobs, 7.7% of its total employment. The sector is predicted to grow at an average annual rate of 7.9% from 2013 to 2023India has a large medical tourism sector which is expected to grow at an estimated rate of 30% annually to reach about ₹ 95 billion by 2015. According to provisional statistics 6.29 million foreign tourists arrived in India in 2011, an increase of 8.9% from 5.78 million in 2010. This ranks India as the 38th country in the world in terms of foreign tourist arrivals. Domestic tourist visits to all states and Union Territories numbered 1,036.35 million in 2012, an increase of 16.5% from 2011.In 2011 Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Delhi were the most popular states for foreign tourists. Domestic tourists visited the states Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu most frequently. Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai and Agra have been the four most visited cities of India by foreign tourists during the year 2011. Worldwide, Chennai is ranked 41 by the number of foreign tourists, while Delhi is ranked at 50, Mumbai at 57 and Agra at 65 and Kolkata at 99.
The Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2013
ranks India 65th out of 144 countries overall. The report ranks the price
competitiveness of India's tourism sector 20th out of 144 countries. It
mentions that India has quite good air transport (ranked 39th), particularly
given the country’s stage of development, and reasonable ground transport
infrastructure (ranked 42nd).The World Tourism Organization reported that
India's receipts from tourism during 2012 ranked 16th in the world, and 7th
among Asian and Pacific countries. India's rich history and its cultural and
geographical diversity make its international tourism appeal large and diverse.
It presents heritage and cultural tourism along with medical, business,
educational and sports tourism.