Tamil Nadu emerges as India’s top tourist destination | Chennai News

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CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu has emerged as a top tourist destination by overtaking the country in terms of tourist arrivals in 2020, according to India Tourism Statistics 2021 released by the Union Ministry of Tourism.
The state has a 22.9% share of total tourist visitation in 2020 and was ranked number one in national tourist visitation in 2020 with over 140 million visitors. In terms of foreign tourist arrivals, the state ranked second, slightly behind Maharashtra.
TN received 1.23 million and Maharashtra received 1.62 million visitors.
The data showed that Bangladesh, the United States and the United Kingdom were the top source markets, cumulatively contributing 45% of foreign tourist arrivals to India.
Chennai International Airport was the gateway for 6.6% of foreign tourists. Of all foreign tourists, 52% from Sri Lanka, 22.5% from Singapore, 20.4% from Malaysia, 18.8% from France and 16.8% from South Korea chose Chennai as their port of departure. favorite starter.
Tamil Nadu is among the top five states in terms of total number of rooms in rated hotels, which illustrates the strength of the state’s tourism infrastructure.
Also, the Mamallapuram Group of Monuments, one of the five Unesco World Heritage Sites in the state, ranked second among domestic tourists and fifth among foreign tourists.
Other popular ASI landmarks in the state frequented by tourists include the Fort Museum, Vattakottai Fort, Gingee Fort and Rock Cut Jain Temple at Sittannavasal, according to a state government press release.
Foreign tourist arrivals have been boosted by the efforts of the Ministry of Tourism and Indian embassies abroad. To help in the post-pandemic revival of foreign tourist arrivals, the Indian government has appointed tourism officers in 20 Indian missions in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Malaysia , Myanmar, Oman, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Netherlands, United Kingdom and United States which contribute to attendance.
Through active collaboration with these Indian missions, Tamil Nadu has promoted the state’s tourist destinations internationally.
Various key initiatives have been taken by the state government including a Destination Development Program aimed at holistic destination development to enhance visitor experience through which lesser known destinations such as Kolli Hills, Jawadhu Hills and Yelagiri are developed as adventure and eco-camping sites.
Over the past five years, the state has consistently attracted high volumes of tourists in both domestic and international segments.
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