Foreign tourist arrivals up 24 pc

New Delhi: The number of foreign tourists visiting India rose by 24 percent last year, it was announced . Delhi is among the top three destinations for foreign tourists.

“Foreign tourist visits to the country registered an impressive growth of 24.2 percent in 2010. Domestic tourist visits also showed a growth of 10.7 percent,” an official statement said.

The number of foreign tourists who visited India in 2010 was 17.9 million, up from 14.4 million in 2009.

Among the top 10 popular states with foreign tourists were Maharashtra (5.1 million), Tamil Nadu (2.8 mn), Delhi (1.9 mn), Uttar Pradesh (1.7 mn) and Rajasthan (1.3 million).

For domestic tourists, Andhra Pradesh led the list followed by Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Karnataka. (IANS)