Kochi: “India earned an income of USD 27 billion from Foreign Tourist Arrivals in the year 2017,” said Union Tourism Minister Alphons Kannanthanam stating that tourism sector was doing “extremely well”. “In 2017, there was an increase of 15.2 per cent in the foreign tourist arrivals to the country. And the foreign exchange earnings went up by 20.2 per cent. So my income from tourism from foreign tourists’ arrival alone last year has been 27 billion dollars and if we convert to rupee terms it would come to approximately Rs 1,75,000 crore.
“The tourism sector is contributing 6.88 per cent to the country’s total GDP, besides 12.36 per cent of the total employment in terms of jobs.
The Minister was at Kochi to chair a review meeting between officials of Railway Board and Kerala government on the development of railways in the state. He said doubling of railway lines via Kottayam will be completed by March, 2020.