In­dia rolls out red car­pet for Ja­pan

Ja­pan is one of the top 10 tourist-gen­er­at­ing mar­kets for In­dia. Its con­tri­bu­tion has grown from 2.91% to 3.07% in terms of tourist ar­rivals to In­dia.

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The Min­istry of Tourism road­shows in Fe­bru­ary got an ad­di­tional thrust with the meet­ing held be­tween K Chi­ran­jeevi, Min­is­ter of State for Tourism with In­de­pen­dent Charge and Hiroshi Ka­jiyama, Ja­panese Se­nior Vice-Min­is­ter of Tourism held in Delhi on Fe­bru­ary 12, 2013.

“In­dia and Ja­pan have re­solved to strengthen co­op­er­a­tion in the tourism sec­tor. Both the coun­tries will iden­tify ar­eas for work­ing to­gether and ex­plore new op­por­tu­ni­ties in tourism sec­tor, es­pe­cially in the field of hu­man re­source devel­op­ment, ex­change of tour op­er­a­tors, in­vest­ment in the tourism sec­tor and ex­change of in­for­ma­tion re­lated to tourism,” said Chi­ran­jeevi..

“In­dia and Ja­pan are im­por­tant tourism mar­kets to each other. Ja­pan is one of the top ten tourist gen­er­at­ing mar­kets for In­dia. Go­ing for­ward, there is a pos­si­bil­ity of sign­ing an agree­ment be­tween In­dia and Ja­pan,” he added.

The MOT road­shows, led by Parvez De­wan, Sec­re­tary, Min­istry of Tourism were held at Tokyo (Fe­bru­ary 18), Osaka (Fe­bru­ary 20) and Seoul (Fe­bru­ary 22). In fact, the Tourism Sec­re­tary took help from his Ja­panese coun­ter­part to nom­i­nate names of Ja­panese travel com­pa­nies, who are pro­mot­ing, or are keen on pro­mot­ing In­cred­i­ble In­dia to be made part of th­ese road­shows af­ter the said meet­ing in Trans­port Bhawan among the two lead­ers. MOT has hosted a to­tal of 25 hospi- tal­ity guests in 2009-10, 15 guests in 2010-11, and 14 guests in 2011-12 from Ja­pan. This year, so far nine guests have vis­ited In­dia un­der hos­pi­tal­ity scheme. There is a strong in­ter­est of Ja­panese tourists in |places con­nected with Bud­dhism in In­dia. JICA (Ja­pan In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion Agency) has ex­tended a loan of 7331 mil­lion Ja­panese Yen (`

299 Crore) for Devel­op­ment of Ajanta El­lora Con­ser­va­tion and Devel­op­ment Pro­gramme– Phase II).

K Chi­ran­jeevi pre­sent­ing a me­mento to Ka­jiyama

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