INDIA (eTN) – Germany is making great efforts to promote the country as a natural and scenic destination, apart from the traditional strong points as a business and trade fair country. In its campaign, Germany has mounted a lot of statistics to say that tourists should come for treks, parks, diversity, lakes, mountains, and other creations of nature.
German Ambassador to India, Dr. Martin Ney, told the media today that shopping in unique outlets was popular, as was fashion and clothing. The VAT refund was another plus point, and the envoy said that the migrants issue had not impacted tourism. He also emphasized that the country has 1,600 Indian restaurants.
Romit Theophilus, Director of the German National Tourism Board, India, said that in the last 10 years, visitors from India had gone up 84 percent. In 2015, 692,612 Indians went to see the sites of Germany, up from the 377,025 of 2007. He predicted a growth of 7 percent in 2016, and arrivals by 2030 would be 2 million, up 3 times from now.
He said that social media was getting much attention, and this would increase and focus on tier 2 and tier 3 cities.