In the latest report by the Union ministry of tourism, Maharashtra was followed by Tamil Nadu and New Delhi, which welcomed 3.4 million and 2.2 million foreigners respectively in the same period. Mumbai is a popular point of entry into India for foreign tourists.
The data does not make a distinction between the number of tourists who visited only Mumbai and those who went on to travel to other destinations in Maharashtra.
The number of foreign tourist visits to Indian states/ union territories was 19.5 million, compared to 17.9 million in 2010 and 14.4 million in 2009. This year, the number of foreign tourist visits registered a growth of 8.85% over 2010, compared to a growth of 24.6% over 2009.
It is the third consecutive year where the number of foreign tourist visitors has increased.