The district tourism office collects information on foreign tourists at 32 locations, including the Trichy international airport, across the district.
As per the data, 64,041 individual foreign tourists visited these destinations between January and June 2023 compared to 23,904 during the same period last year, a 168% increase.
The number of foreign tourists visiting Trichy has increased close to three-fold in the first half of 2023 compared to the same period last year, according to data gathered by the district tourism office.
The majority of the tourists were from Malaysia, Singapore, and Sri Lanka, who take up temple tourism circuit in Trichy and other delta districts.
Usually, January to March, November and December months are considered peak seasons of foreign tourists in the district. In January and February this year, around 25,000 international tourists visited Trichy.
Many of them were interested in the Pongal festival and its allied activities.
District tourism officer T Jegatheeswari, however, pointed out that the number of visitors from Europe and the Americas is low. “Economic factors could be the reason. Such factors remain a hindrance in achieving the numbers before the pandemic.”
Officials said they will promote the prominent destinations in Trichy among tourists arriving at Trichy airport.