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In fact India was the only big country in the list of top 15 foreign destinations for US residents that saw a decline in their visits 2017 over the previous year. The other country, at number 15, is Costa Rica. No. of Indian visitors to US down for 1st time in 8 yrs The NTTO data shows 3.8 crore US residents travelled overseas (not including Canada and Mexico) in 2017, 9% more than the 3.5 crore a year earlier. However, India saw 11.11 lakh of these travellers, down 7% from 11.95 lakh in 2016. Sharat Dhall, CEO of travel portal Yatra, feels a stronger rupee in 2017 may have made Indian an expensive destination then due to which Americans chose other places. “In 2016, the rupee-dollar exchange rate was averaging at Rs 67-68. In 2017, it was averaging at Rs 64,” Dhall said. The rupee’s devaluation started happening earlier this year and accelerated from April onwards.
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