Tourism in India is an important economic sector, contributing 6.23% of national GDP and 8.78% of total employment in India. India witnessed more than 5.5 million annual foreign tourist arrivals and 740 million domestic tourism visits. The tourism industry in India generated around US $100,000,000,000 in 2008 and is expected to increase to US $275,500,000,000 in 2018 with a growth rate of 9.4% per year. In 2010, 17.9 million foreign tourists visited India. The majority of foreign tourists come from the United States and the United Kingdom. Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan are the top 5 states to receive inbound tourists. Domestic tourism in the same year was large at 740 million. Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra receive a large share of visitors. The Department of Tourism is a nodal office for formulating national policies and programs for tourism development and promotion. In this process, the Department consults and collaborates with other stakeholders in the sector including various Central/Bureau bureaus, Union/Territory Government Offices and representatives from the private sector. Joint efforts are being made to promote new forms of tourism such as rural, cruise, medical and eco-tourism. The Department of Tourism is a nodal institution for the development and promotion of tourism in India and maintaining an Incredible India campaign. Check out the most amazing tourist attractions in India state-wise list.