Rajasthan, famous for its tourist hotspots, has barely managed to keep its place in the top 10 tourist destinations with the state slipping three places on the domestic tourism arrivals- from the seventh rank in 2013 to 10th in 2014. However, the state managed to hold its place on foreign tourism map, by staying at fifth position.
According to data released by Union Ministry of Tourism, 33.1 million domestic tourists visited the desert state in 2014, up from 30.29 million in 2013.
While the state witnessed a rise in absolute numbers in 2014, its rank fell to 10 as it was trumped by surprise entrant Jharkhand, which debuted on the top ten list at number 9, a significant gain compared to the previous year when it was ranked 14.
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Rajasthan’s place on the chart was taken by Madhya Pradesh, which, despite an impressive advertisement campaign, slipped a place from rank 6 to 7 in 2014.
Rajasthan saw 1.53 million foreign tourists visiting the state last year, up from 1.43 million in 2013. On the foreign tourist front, it managed to hold on to its position, 5th, among the top ten.
In terms of domestic tourists, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh maintained the first and second rank respectively in 2014, while Karnataka and Maharashtra moved up to 3rd and 4th position respectively, due to Andhra Pradesh having to share its spoils with its new born cousin Telangana.
Andhra Pradesh dropped from 3rd to 5th rank, while Telangana debuted on the 6th position. Tamil Nadu ruled even on the foreign tourist front, registering 4.66 million arrivals, followed by Maharashtra (4.39 m), Uttar Pradesh (2.91 m), Delhi (2.32 m) and Rajasthan (1.53 m).
India saw a growth of 13.12% in foreign tourist arrivals over 2013, compared to a growth of 9.24% in 2013 over 2012.
Altogether, 22.57 million foreign tourists visited the country compared to 19.95 million in 2013 and 18.26 million in 2012.
Domestic tourist visits to various states also saw an increase of 11.93 per cent in 2014 over 2013.