Jaipur, June 19 (UNI) Rajasthan has come out on tops leaving Goa and Kerala way behind by recording an impressive 127 per cent growth in tourist traffic in the last two years.
Tourism secretary Vinod Zutshi said here that the tourist influx in Goa in the last two years has grown by 48 per cent, meaning 24 per cent per annum, while the same has been 30 per cent per year for Kerala. Rajasthan, meanwhile, has recorded 127 per cent growth in the same period.
The tourist traffic increased from 2.80 lakh to 3.30 lakh in the last two years in Goa while Kerala recorded 4.80 lakh , up from 3.30 lakh in the same period.
Rajasthan, on the other hand, saw around 190 lakh touristd arrive in the state, including 11 lakh tourists from abroad in 2005.
He also added that the state has recorded 34 per cent growth in tourist arrival in the first quarter of 2006.
Mr Zutshi also informed that Rajasthan has received the 'best destination award in South Asia' awarded by the South Asia Travel and Tourism Exhibition in recognition of the state government's efforts to provide services and facilities at par with international levels.
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