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Consulate organizes ‘Know India Tourism Seminar’ in Chengdu

Consulate General of India in Guangzhou in association with Chengdu Municipal Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs Office organized a “Know India Tourism” seminar in Chengdu,
Sichuan Provinceon Thursday, March 29, 2018.

Know India Tourism Seminar was attended by Mr. Jiang Bin, Director General, Chengdu Municipal Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs, Senior officials of FAO, Chengdu Tourism Bureau and other government departments besides representatives of around 160 travel/tour agencies from all over China as well as leadingIndian Tour/travel agents, representatives from Jet Airways and China Southern Airways, media organizations and business houses.

Welcoming the audience, Consul General of India in Guangzhou, Mr. Y.K. SailasThangal, in his opening remarks gave an overview of India’s rich heritage, history, culture and civilization. He informed them of India’s magnificent architectural heritage, beaches, tropical islands, fauna & flora, hill stations, back water, temples and an array of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Consul General also informed them about India’s strengths in luxury and hospitality sector, medical & wellness tourism as well as the spiritual tourism including that of Buddhist circuits. He urged the tour operators to prepare packages which enable Chinese travelers to experience India’s rich and diverse cultural heritage.

Mr. Jiang Bin, Director General of Chengdu Municipal Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs Office and also the Chief Guest for the Seminar, in his speech dwelled on the need for greater tourist flow between the Chengdu and India mentioning that that there is a large potential for tourism cooperation. Chengdu is fast emerging as one of the top tourist destinations in China and Indian visitors are welcome to visit Chengdu. He requested Indian tour operators to invite more and more Indian travellers to visitChengdu.

Ms. Sun Qian, Deputy Secretary General, Sichuan Tourism Administration, in her address mentioned about the historical links between India and China, tourism exchanges between Sichuan and India. She requested travel agencies to promote India China Tourism relations.

Mr. Tarun Kumar, Consul (Visa & Tourism) then gave a detailed presentation on tourism potential of India, mentioning improvement made in Infrastructure at tourism destinations, informing that India has jumped more than 25 places in the last three years and according to a recent report, is going to be the third largest travel economy in the world. He then presented state and sector specific touristic destinations covering regions of J&K, Delhi, Rajasthan, North East, Mumbai, Kerala etc, Buddhist circuit, health and wellness tourism, culture, sector-wise opportunities available in tourism sector, information on simplified visa procedures including eVisa scheme, B2B meetings.

Presentations were also made by two travel agencies, one from India and one based in Chengdu informing the audience about services provided by them for hassle free travel to India, travel itineraries, transportation and hotel information.

As part of the Know India Tourism Seminar, Consulate also organised photo exhibition at the same venue. These photos were taken by travellers from Chengdu when they visited India. An India corner showcasing Indian handicraft items and clothing was also put up so that audience can get a feeling of India.

A raffle ticket draw sponsored by China Southern Airlines was also held with the Indian tour agency sponsoring the local hospitality.

China is currently world’s top tourism source market for international tourism industry. The Consulate General of India in Guangzhou recognizing the huge potential for attracting Chinese tourist to India has been very active on all front in promoting India-China tourism cooperation and India as the tourism destination. The event was one among a series of events organized as part of the continued efforts of Consulate General of India in Guangzhou to create awareness and publicize India tourism in China. Consulate has proactively participated in all the major tourism promotion fairs held under this consulate’s jurisdiction and held Tourism seminars in Guangzhou, Xiamen, Sanya, Kunming and Guangzhou besides being very active on Chinese social media platform. 



29 March 2018