AP is top tourist destination in India
By Express News Service | Published: 24th July 2013 10:04 AM |
With Tirupati hill shrine attracting visitors in hordes, Andhra Pradesh has become the top tourist destination in the country, recording 206.8 million domestic tourists last year, a data available with Union ministry of tourism revealed on Tuesday.
Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh stood at second and third places respectively, with 184.1 million and 168.4 million domestic tourists.
Built in 10th century, the Lord Venkateswara temple, located in Tirumala, near Tirupati town, attracts more tourists than the domestic visitors to Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra, which boast of Taj Mahal and Ajanta-Ellora caves respectively, a senior tourism ministry official said.
The footfall at domestic tourist destinations across the country witnessed a surge touching 1,036 million compared to 865 million in 2011 -- an increase of 19.87 per cent.
It was 748 million in 2010. Meanwhile, the number of foreign tourist visits(FTVs) to states/UTs registered a growth of 6.33 per cent during the same year.
These states accounted for 84.5 per cent of the total number of domestic tourists during 2012.
The top 10 states in terms of FTVs in 2012, remained the same as those in 2011 with Maharashtra topping the list.