India tourism office to open in Beijing


BEIJING (TVLW) – An India Tourism Office will be opened here early next year to attract more visitors from China which accounted for a mere 50,000 out of 4.43 million tourists to India last year.

This is part of a series of ongoing activities as the year 2007 is being celebrated as the India-China Year of Friendship through Tourism, India’s Ambassador to China Nirupama Rao said at an ‘Incredible India’ event here.

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The China Tourism office has already been opened in New Delhi.

She said with growing prosperity, both nations had become important sources of outbound tourism not only for business but also for pleasure.

Both countries had most easily recognizable symbols of travel and tourism the world over like the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China. Yet not many from the two countries had seen both.

India received 4.43 million visitors in 2006 but only about 50,000 of them were Chinese. Similarly, China received 25 million foreign visitors last year, but only 400,000 were Indians.

Rao said as part of the Tourism Year celebrations, several exchange programmes had been launched involving tour operators and travel agents for exhibitions and travel fairs as well as students and faculty from catering and hotel management institutes for study visits.