Incredible India to attract more South African tourists
"As a first step, orientation tours for travel agent staff and media will be undertaken to show the wide range of tourist activities that are available in India, from wildlife to skiing holidays and architecture to the growing health tourism as people take advantage of high quality, low-cost medical treatment in India," the newly appointed Director of India's Tourism Office in South Africa Manas Patnaik told a seminar on tourism organised here by the Indian High Commission.
Indian South Africans have traditionally seen Mumbai as a shopping haven, linking it either to visits to the golden triangle that includes the Taj Mahal in Agra, or to temple visits to the south of India, but there is much more to the country than that, according to Patnaik.
"India is not restricted to Jaipur, Agar or Goa for tourism, and we need to make sales staff aware of this," Patnaik said.
"Unless they are aware of this, they cannot promote all this as a destination in India. We are looking forward to long-term relationships with tour operators in South Africa, airlines and other partners in the region."
The official highlighted the fact that India offers unspoilt beaches where one can swim with an elephant, which is not possible anywhere else in the world.
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