India tourism ministerial meeting lauds increase in tourism exchange

By: | Published: January 23, 2016 6:10 PM

The Fifth Meeting of ASEAN and India Tourism Ministers was held yesterday in Manila, the Philippines, in conjunction with the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) 2016.

The Fifth Meeting of ASEAN and India Tourism Ministers was held yesterday in Manila, the Philippines, in conjunction with the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) 2016. The meeting was co-chaired by Benito Jr Bengzon, undersecretary, Department of Tourism of the Philippines, and Vinod Zutshi, secretary, ministry of tourism, Government of India. India was lauded on the increase in tourism exchange between the two governments.

ASEAN tourists into India reached 0.7 million in 2015, up by two per cent vis a vis 2014. Indian visitors to ASEAN was 3.57 million, an increase of 9.9 per cent.
India has e-visa for nine ASEAN states -Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam. Laos, Indonesia and Philippines. The e-visa for Brunei will be included soon.

The meeting also lauded India’s support of visiting faculty/teachers of ASEAN hospitality institutes to India.

ASEAN introduced many new initiatives at ATF 2016. Visit ASEAN@50 is the new ASEAN tourism campaign commemorating it’s 50th anniversary in 2017. The campaign will promote ASEAN as one destination and highlight the region’s iconic tourism products.

‘Cruise’ the new cruising brand for the ASEAN region was also unveiled with its logo in the shape of waves to denote the vibrancy of the region.

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