India is a large industry. The World Travel and Tourism Council calculated
that tourism generated $121 billion or 6.4% of the nation's GDP in 2011.
It was responsible for 39,3 million jobs, 7.9% of its total employment.
The GDP of the tourism sector has expanded 229% between 1990 and 2011. The
sector is predicted to grow at an average annual rate of 7,7% in the next
decade. In a 2011 forecast the World Travel and Tourism Council predicted
the annual growth to be 8,8% between 2011 and 2021. This gave India the
fifth rank among countries with the fastest growing tourism industry.
India has a large medical tourism sector which is expected to grow at an
estimated rate of 30% annually to reach about ₹ 9,500 crore by 2015. In
2011 Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Delhi were the most popular states for
foreign tourists. Domestic tourists visited the states Uttar Pradesh,
Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu most frequently. Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai and
Agra have been the four most visited cities of India by foreign tourists
during the year 2011. Worldwide, Chennai is ranked 41 by the number of
foreign tourists, while Delhi is ranked at 50, Mumbai at 57 and Agra at