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Updated: May 9, 2010 08:16 IST

India gets more foreign tourists in April

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Tourists enjoy a ride on the back of an elephant in Kochi. File photo
The Hindu Tourists enjoy a ride on the back of an elephant in Kochi. File photo

Foreign tourist arrivals in India grew 1.7 percent to 3.54 lakh in April compared to 3.48 lakh in April 2009 despite the closure of the European air space for over a week, the government said Friday.

"Inspite of the closure of airspace in Europe due to volcanic eruption in Iceland, India registered a positive growth of 1.7 percent in foreign tourist arrivals in April 2010 over the same period in 2009," the Tourism Ministry said in a statement.

It said the foreign tourist arrivals growth rate in April was lower than that of March 2010 (12.9 percent).

It said arrivals in January-April 2010 was 19.18 lakh with a growth of 10.6 percent compared to 17.35 lakh and a negative growth of 11.7 percent during the same period of 2009.

The foreign exchange earnings in April was Rs.45.18 billion, up from Rs.40.61 billion in April 2009.

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