Leap for Bud­dhist tourism

The In­ter­na­tional Bud­dhist Con­clave 2018 was re­cently in­au­gu­rated at Vi­gyan Bhawan in New Delhi by Ram Nath Kovind, Pres­i­dent of In­dia. He also launched a new web­site on Bud­dhist tourism.

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The four-day long In­ter­na­tional Bud­dhist Con­clave, in­au­gu­rated by Pres­i­dent Ram

Nath Kovind was presided over by KJ Alphons, Min­is­ter of State (I/C), Tourism in the pres­ence of Kenji Hi­ra­matsu, Am­bas­sador of Ja­pan to In­dia;

Rashmi Verma, Sec­re­tary, Tourism; and Satya­jeet Ra­jan, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, Tourism, Along with se­nior mem­bers from the travel and hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try. The con­clave was or­gan­ised in col­lab­o­ra­tion with state gov­ern­ments of Ma­ha­rash­tra, Bi­har and Ut­tar Pradesh in New Delhi and Ajanta (Ma­ha­rash­tra), fol­lowed by site vis­its to Ra­j­gir, Na­landa and Bod­hgaya (Bi­har) and Sar­nath (Ut­tar Pradesh). The oc­ca­sion was aptly used as a plat­form to launch the Min­istry of Tourism’s web­site on im­por­tant Bud­dhist sites - in­diathe­land­of­bud­dha.in Bud­dhist sites in the coun­try.

Ad­dress­ing the at­ten­dees, Alphons said that In­dia has a rich an­cient Bud­dhist her­itage with sev­eral im­por­tant sites as­so­ci­ated with the life of Lord Bud­dha. “The fol­low­ers of Bud­dhism around the world have great in­ter­est in the In­dian Bud­dhist her­itage. The Con­clave has been or­gan­ised to show­case and pro­ject Bud­dhist her­itage in In­dia and boost tourism to the Bud­dhist sites in the coun­try be­sides cul­ti­vat­ing friendly ties with coun­tries and com­mu­ni­ties in­ter­ested in Bud­dhism.

The Con­clave wit­nessed pre­sen­ta­tions by MOT and state gov­ern­ments, panel dis­cus­sion be­tween schol­ars and monks, and B2B meet­ings be­tween the for­eign and In­dian tour op­er­a­tors. The Min­istry also or­gan­ised an In­vestors’ Summit dur­ing the Con­clave to at­tract in­vest­ments in de­vel­op­ing world-class in­fra­struc­ture at Bud­dhist sites,” he re­vealed.

Verma in­formed that about 500 mil­lion Bud­dhists world­wide rep­re­sent 7 per cent of the world's pop­u­la­tion, mak­ing Bud­dhists the fourth largest com­mu­nity in the world. She said, “Bud­dhism binds the cul­ture of In­dia with that of coun­tries in the re­gion like Bhutan, China, Cam­bo­dia, In­done­sia, Ja­pan, Korea, Myan­mar, Sin­ga­pore, Sri Lanka, Thai­land and 17 sites in 12 clus­ters in the coun­try for de­vel­op­ment un­der Iconic Tourist Sites De­vel­op­ment Pro­ject.

KJ Alphons Min­is­ter of State (I/C), Tourism

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