The deadly second wave of Covid-19 in India made a significant dent in the tourism industry, with fewer lakh tourists arriving in the country up to May 2021 as compared to the same period last year, when the outbreak had actually started, according to the government data.
Around 3.89 lakh foreign footfall, of which March alone saw more than one lakh tourists, was recorded from January to May this year as against 24.72 lakh in the same period last year.
The data analysed by CNN-News18 shows a 2% jump in Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in the first five months of 2018 and 2019. But there was a 46% drop between 2019 and 2020 for the same period, and a massive 84% fall was recorded between 2020 and 2021 up to May.
However, the arrival of foreign tourists started increasing gradually in the later part of 2020. Around 70,977 arrived in the country last November and 90,544 in the same year in December. In April, the FTA dropped to 69,442, and it decreased…