Travel

    Domestic Travel

    1. Indians did not travel for leisure or fun as most of them toured to meet social or religious obligations. Visits for the social purpose accounted for 75% of overnight trips in rural India, and 71% in urban areas.

    2. Around 9% of overnight trips were due to pilgrimage for rural folks. While, the corresponding figure for the urban population is 12%.

    3. Holidaying, leisure and recreation was a privilege for only 5% and 2% of urban and rural populace, respectively, says the survey.

    4. Trips on social purpose — for both rural and urban population — accounted for about 43% of all their expenditures. Journey for health and medical grounds had a share of 30% spending for the rural population, and 15% for the urban. Religious and pilgrimage trips cost about 11% in the rural sector and about 14% in the urban.

    5. Urban India spent Rs 989 and rural population Rs 466 per trip during 2008-09. On an average, an urban Indian spent Rs 700 per day on a religious visit as compared to Rs 350 in rural areas. The maximum expenditure was on travel followed by shopping, eating and accommodation.

    6. 72% of Indians travel to meet friends and family at least once a year. And, the average period of these visits is three to four days. Interestingly, in case of 85% of rural and 80% of urban travellers, the visitors stayed with friends and relatives for the major part of their stay.

    7. Only 42% of the population travel once every year overnight for various reasons, with Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh being exceptions. In J&K, overnight travellers were 84% of the population, and in Himachal they were 77%. The states, where average overnight travel was higher than the national average, were Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

    8. Overnight travel among residents of most north-eastern states was found to be the lowest among all Indians. The share of transport in expenditure was 20% in rural areas, but as much as 33% in urban India. The share of shopping was 30% in rural India, and 25% in urban India.

    Source: http://mospi.nic.in/Mospi_New/upload/press_note_536_20oct10.pdf

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Only-5-of-Indians-in-cities-holiday-for-leisure-Survey-/articleshow/6801113.cms


     Foreign
    Tourist Arrivals (FTAS) and Foreign Exchange Earnings (FEE) from
    tourism in India during 2008 and comparative figures of 2006 and 2007

     
     

    Foreign Tourist Arrivals

     

     

     

     

    Month

         Foreign Tourist Arrivals (Nos.)  

    Percentage Change

    2006

    2007 @

    2008 @

    2007/2006

    2008/2007

    January

    459489

    532088

    584765

    15.8%

    9.9%

    February

    439090

    498806

    560658

    13.6%

    12.4%

    March

    391009

    444186

    509926

    13.6%

    14.8%

    April

    309208

    333945

    369677

    8.0%

    10.7%

    May

    255008

    267758

    290785

    5.0%

    8.6%

    Total

    1853804

    2076783

    2315811

    12.0%

    11.5%

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Foreign Exchange Earnings in Rs.
    Crore

     

     

     

    Month

    Foreign Exchange Earnings (in Rs. Crore)

    Percentage Change

    2006

    2007**

    2008#

    2007/2006

    2008/2007

    January

    3970

    4777

    5642

    20.3%

    18.1%

    February

    3793

    4478

    5431

    18.1%

    21.3%

    March

    3378

    3988

    4968

    18.1%

    24.6%

    April

    2850

    3154

    3271

    10.7%

    3.7%

    May

    2350

    2528

    2651

    7.6%

    4.9%

    Total

    16341

    18925

    21963

    15.8%

    16.1%

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Foreign Exchange Earnings in US$ million

     

     

     

    Month

    Foreign Exchange Earnings (in US$ million)

    Percentage Change

    2006

    2007**

    2008#

    2007/2006

    2008/2007

    January

    894

    1081

    1433

    20.9%

    32.6%

    February

    854

    1014

    1368

    18.7%

    34.9%

    March

    761

    903

    1231

    18.7%

    36.3%

    April

    627

    765

    817

    22.0%

    6.8%

    May

    517

    613

    630

    18.6%

    2.8%

    Total

    3653

    4376

    5479

    19.8%

    25.2%

     

     

     

     

     

     

    @ Provisional Estimates    ** Partially Revised
    Estimates  #  Advance Estimates

     

     

    Note:

    Figures for January – June 2007 have been revised based on the
    Partially Revised figures now available from the Reserve Bank of
    India

     

     

    Domestic passengers carried by Indian scheduled airlines April 2008

    The total domestic passengers carried by the Scheduled Airlines of India during the month of April, 2008 was 38.92 lakhs. The break-up is as follows:

    Air India (Domestic) – 5.86 lakhs,

    Jet Airways – 8.39 lakhs,

    Jet Lite – 3.11 lakhs,

    Deccan – 5.30 lakhs,

    Kingfisher – 5.58 lakhs,

    Spice Jet – 3.94 lakhs,

    Paramount – 0.48 lakhs,

    Go Air – 1.80 lakhs,

    IndiGo – 4.46 lakhs.

    The domestic passengers carried by the Scheduled Airlines of India in April, 2007 was 35.82 lakhs of which Air India (Domestic) carried 7.81 lakhs whereas the private airlines carried 28.01 lakhs.
    The percentage share of the carriers in the month of April, 2008 was:

    Air India (Domestic) – 15.1%,

    Jet Airways – 21.6%,

    Jet Lite – 8.0%,

    Deccan – 13.6%,

    Kingfisher – 14.3%,

    Spice Jet – 10.1%,

    Paramount – 1.2%,

    Go Air – 4.6 % and

    IndiGo – 11.5%.

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