Gurgaon, Haryana: Tamil Nadu tops the list for highest number of tourist footfalls for the year 2014, data released by The Union Tourism Ministry.
Tamil Nadu the southern state of India has left behind prominent tourist destinations like Goa, seizing the top spot in terms of domestic and foreign tourist visiting the different states. Second position was bagged by the Uttar Pradesh, third position was held by Karnataka, Maharashtra was fourth, and Karnataka was fifth. Amazingly Karnataka was in third position in 2013 and many think the fall is because of the bifurcation of the state. Haryana currently at 10th place replacing Goa in terms of foreign tourist visiting the state.
The data on domestic tourism released by the Union Tourism Ministry clearly shows that upsurge of 11.93 percent in 2014 as compared to 9.59 percent in 2013 over 2014. The top 10 performing states for the year 2014 were Tamil Nadu (327.6 million), Uttar Pradesh (182.8 m), Karnataka (118.3m), Maharashtra (94.1m), Andhra Pradesh (93.3m), Telangana (72.4m), Madhya Pradesh (63.6m), West Bengal (49 m) Jharkhand (33.4 m) and Rajasthan (33.1 m). The top ten state has contributed heavily accounting to the 83.28 per cent of the domestic tourist visiting these state in 2014. Madhya Pradesh a state which promotes tourism in the state heavily has slipped to 7th place in 2014 from 6th in 2013, and West Bengal has jumped from 9th position 2013 to 8th in 2014. Jharkhand jumped from the 14th position in 2013 to 9th position in 2014.
Again in terms of foreigners visiting the different states, Tamil Nadu retained the top position. There is also a hike of 13.12 percent in 2014 over the year 2013. The date shows in 2014 the number was 22.57 million in comparison to 19.95 million in 2013 and 18.26 million in 2012. These data can accelerate the booking of various tour online tour packages to the different state like Tamil Nadu holiday packages.