In­dia woos tourists from ME

The e-Tourist Visa regime and lure of the year-round des­ti­na­tion will pro­pel the num­bers from Mid­dle East, say In­dia Tourism of­fi­cials at ATM 2017.

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Travel marts have been key in pro­mo­tion of any des­ti­na­tion and In­dia has been a reg­u­lar par­tic­i­pant at the Ara­bian Travel Mar­ket (ATM) since its in­cep­tion 24 years ago. This year, the In­cred­i­ble In­dia del­e­ga­tion com­pris­ing 24 par­tic­i­pants was led by H.E. Vipul, Con­sul Gen­eral of In­dia Dubai and Gyan Bhushan, Eco­nomic Ad­vi­sor, Min­istry of Tourism, Gov­ern­ment of In­dia, who also in­au­gu­rated the In­dian pav­il­ion. The pav­il­ion brought the spot­light on the an­cient art of yoga which was demon­strated by a yoga prac­ti­tioner in real time.

Com­ment­ing on In­dia’s par­tic­i­pa­tion at ATM 2017, Vipul stated, “A to­tal of 24 par­tic­i­pants from In­dia are here at ATM, in­clud­ing gov­ern­ment agen­cies like IRCTC, ITDC, as well as a num­ber of pri­vate tour op­er­a­tors. Two state gov­ern­ments Jammu and Kash­mir, and Ker­ala have put up stalls while of­fi­cials from Mad­hya Pradesh are also par­tic­i­pat­ing. There has been a con­sis­tent and pos­i­tive growth of tourists from this re­gion to In­dia over the last three years with 2016 hav­ing reg­is­tered an over­all growth of around 17 per cent over the pre­vi­ous year.” He elab­o­rated that the sim­pli­fi­ca­tion of e-Visa will en­cour­age more tourists to travel to In­dia and will be in­stru­men­tal in driv­ing the growth to greater heights.

High­light­ing the coun­try’s de­vel­op­ments in the travel and tourism world, Bhushan said, “In­dia reg­is­tered a growth of 10.6 per cent in 2016, which is higher than the global av­er­age of about 4.3 per cent. Tourists can visit In­dia when­ever they like as it is an all-year-round des­ti­na­tion. We have also climbed up 12 spots, from 52 to 40 this year in World Eco­nomic Fo­rum’s Travel and Tourism Global Com­pet­i­tive­ness re­port which goes to show the de­vel­op­ment that is cur­rently tak­ing place.”

Bhushan also threw light on the world-class and eco­nom­i­cal med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties avail­able in the coun­try which range from state-of-the-art hos­pi­tals with lat­est tech­nol­ogy; highly skilled In­dian physi­cians and sur­geons; cost­ef­fec­tive treat­ment; qual­ity of care and nurs­ing; less wait­ing time for avail­ing of med­i­cal ser­vices; tra­di­tional health­care ther­a­pies like Ayurveda and yoga com­bined with al­lo­pathic treat­ment pro­vid­ing a holis­tic well­ness des­ti­na­tion.

(L-R) Gyan Bhushan, H.E. Vipul, IRV Rao, E.M. Na­jeeb

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