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US is likely to see a sharp increase in tourists from India -- 42% -- this year, with the number exceeding four lakh compared to the figure in 2014.

The total number of international tourists who visit US is expected to reach 77.6 million in 2015, up over 3.6% compared with the previous year, according to US department of commerce.

"We want and welcome international visitors to see and experience all America has to offer. As the world economy continues to shift, promoting travel and tourism is essential to our competitiveness,... to the success of our businesses and economy," The Economic Times quoted US Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, as saying.

The number of Chinese tourists visiting US is estimated to increase by a massive 163% followed by Colombia and India with 54% and 42% respectively.

"Obama has understood from the beginning how vital travel and tourism is to the economic health of the United States. Visitors to our country spent a record USD221 billion on travel goods and services last year, supporting 1.1 million total US jobs," she added.

Overall, the US is expected to witness a 3.8 % to 4.6% annual growth in total number of tourists during the period 2015-2020.

The number of visitors to the US is estimated to reach 96.4 million visitors by 2020, up 29% compared to 2014.

"America continues to be a premier travel destination and will continue to see strong visitation growth through 2020," the report said.