India aims to increase world tourist arrivals share from 0.6 to 1%: Chiranjeevi
Guwahati, January 19, 2013
Union Minister for Tourism K Chiranjeevi today said the Government had set a target of increasing its share in world tourist arrivals from the current 0.6 per cent to 1 per cent in the next five years.
Speaking at the International Tourism Mart here, Mr Chiranjeevi said foreign tourist arrivals to the country had been increasing over the past few years, but there was need to accelerate the rate of growth.
The three-day event was inaugurated by Assam Governor Janaki Ballabh Patnaik earlier in the day and is being attended by 85 delegates from 23 countries. It is the first ever international tourism event to be organized in the North-Eastern region.
Mr Chiranjeevi said the overwhelming response to the mart showed the growing interest for travel to the unexplored destinations of the North East. He also listed the various initiatives taken by his Ministry for the promotion of tourism in the region.
The overseas delegates include the Laos Deputy Tourism Minister, heads of national tourism organizations from Cambodia, Singapore, Bangladesh and Bhutan, 55 tour operators and nine hoteliers.
The delegates from abroad will engage in one-to-one meetings with sellers from the North Eastern Region and West Bengal. This will enable tourism product suppliers from the region to reach out to international and domestic buyers and promote tourism in the region. Besides foreign delegates, there are 70 domestic buyers from other parts of the country and 108 sellers from the nine participating States.
In addition to the business meetings, the event will include presentations, cultural evenings and press meets with the media from India and overseas.
Post-mart familiarisation tours to the states in the region have been arranged by the State Governments for the overseas delegates, from the 21st to 28th January 2013 to create awareness about the rich and varied tourism products of the states of the North Eastern region and give them first-hand knowledge and experience of the destination.