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UP Emerge as Top Domestic Tourists Destination in 2019 & Secures 3rd Rank in Attracting Foreign Tourists in 2019: ITS 2020

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UP emerged as top tourist destination in 2019As per, Ministry of Tourism annual publication titled  ‘India Tourism Statistics(ITS) at a Glance – 2020’, Uttar Pradesh(UP), tops the Domestic Tourist Visits list 2019, with ~53.6 crore tourists ( i.e., 23.1% of the total domestic tourists travellers visited in 2019). UP was followed by Tamil Nadu(~49.4 crore tourists) & Andhra Pradesh(~23.7 crore tourists).

  • Similarly, in terms of Foreign Tourist Visits list 2019, TamilNadu tops the list, with ~ 68 lakh foreign tourists, i.e, 21.9 % of the total travellers visited in 2019. TamilNadu was followed by Maharashtra(~55 lakh tourists) and  UP(~ 47 lakh tourists) 


As per the publication, Around 2 billion domestic tourists and 31 million foreign tourists have visited India in 2019.

List of top 3 states/UTs(Union Territories) of the domestic & foreign tourist visit

                                         Domestic Tourist Visits 
RankStateTotal Number of touristPercentage Share (%)
1Uttar Pradesh~53.6 crore 23.1
2Tamil Nadu~49.4 crore21.3
3Andhra Pradesh~23.7 crore10.2
                                         Foreign Tourist Visit
1Tamil Nadu~ 68 lakh21.9
2Maharashtra~55 lakh17.6
3Uttar Pradesh~ 47 lakh15.1

Key Info

i.Rajasthan(2.2%) secured 10th rank in the list of Top 10 States/UTs of India in terms of Number of Domestic Tourist Visits in 2019.

ii.Goa(3.0%)secured the 10th rank in Top 10 States/UTs(Union Territories) of India in terms of Number of Foreign Tourist Visits in 2019.

Additional Info

Uttar Pradesh to attract foreign and domestic tourists in large numbers, have identified number of circuits, namely, Ramayan circuit, Braj circuit, Mahabharat circuit, Shaktipeeth circuit, etc., 

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On September 5, 2020, Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman has virtually announced the 4th edition of State Business Reform Action Plan (BRAP) Ranking for 2018-19 which was released by Department of Industrial Promotion and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Ministry of commerce and industry. In accordance with that, Andhra Pradesh (AP) topped the Ease of Doing Business (EODB) ranking 2019, followed by Uttar Pradesh (UP) and Telangana at 2nd & 3rd place respectively. Among Union Territories (UTs), Delhi bagged the top spot.

About Uttar Pradesh:

Bird Sanctuary– Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary, Sandi Bird Sanctuary, Samaspur Bird Sanctuary, Okhla Bird Sanctuary, Vijay Sagar Bird Sanctuary

Lakes– Moti Jheel, Surha Tal, Gobind Vallabh Pant Sagar, Raja Ka Tal, Keetham Lake