As per the data provided by Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma, 7.43 lakh foreign tourists visited the 17th century monument in Agra in 2012. The number fell to 6.95 lakh in 2013 and slumped further to 6.48 lakh in 2014. Sharma while responding to a question said, "No market study has been done to pinpoint the reason for the drop in foreign tourist footfalls to Taj Mahal."
    
He, however, said some of the factors determining foreign tourists arrival to any place, including Taj Mahal, are: prevailing travel trends, economies of tourism source markets, connectivity, availability of reasonably priced hotel accomodation and good tourism infrastructure.

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