Delhi still tops the charts

BANGKOK, 21 November 2017: Delhi still wins top recognition in India’s state ranking survey despite its reputation for air pollution.

The Indian national capital territory scored top points as the country’s “destination leader” in the fifth biennial Hotelivate State Ranking Survey for Tourism.

The survey checks out the status of tourism and hospitality industries across the country supported by the World Travel & Tourism Council.

The top five states in the tourism rankings were Delhi, Maharashtra, Goa, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat.

The survey looked at key indicators such as state expenditure on tourism; tourist visits; branded hotel rooms; GSDP per capital; literacy; aircraft movements; ease of doing business; and road and rail networks.

While Tamil Nadu ranked fourth overall it was first for tourist visits, mainly due to medical tourism.

It didn’t fair so well in the category “Ease of Doing Business” dropping six places since the last survey and the state government spends the least on tourism (just 0.015 per cent of total expenditure).

According to the Hindu Business Line, the call for more investment in tourism was “pertinent as travel and tourism’s total contribution to GDP in India was 9.6% (USD208.9 billion) in 2016, and was forecast to rise by 6.7% in 2017.”

At a presentation hosted in Delhi, last week, states were recognised in seven categories. Assam gained an award for “best policy and leadership in tourism.” Telengana was honoured for its “investment attractiveness” and Rajasthan for “marketing innovation”.

(Source: The Hindu.)