Emirates News Agency – 18 Indian entities participate in the Arabian Travel Market 2022
NEW DELHI, 11th May, 2022 (WAM) — After reopening India to tourism after three waves of COVID-19, the government and private sector tourism industry are focusing on the Gulf region to forge new bilateral collaborations in hospitality and leisure travel.
The latest initiative in this sector is India’s participation in the Arabian Travel Market 2022 in Dubai, the largest travel and tourism fair in the region.
Eighteen participants from India representing tourism establishments from the states of Kerala, Nagaland, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka are participating in the four-day event in Dubai. Additionally, tour operators, travel agents, hoteliers and resort owners are featured in the India pavilion of the Arab Travel Market 2022, showcasing their various tourism products and services.
Rupinder Brar, additional director general of India’s Ministry of Tourism, said participation in the Arabian Travel Market was part of his country’s “holistic promotion of Indian tourism in the Middle East”. A large number of tourists from the Middle East visit India for Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE), medical, wellness and luxury tourism,” she said, according to a reading from the Ministry of Activities tourism at the Indian pavilion.
The pavilion was jointly inaugurated by Satpal Maharaj, Minister of Tourism of the State of Uttarakhand, Dr. Aman Puri, Consul General of India in Dubai, and Rupinder Brar.
“The outlook for Indian tourism is very promising with an upward trend in foreign tourist arrivals outside of the COVID-19 pandemic period since March 2020,” the report said. “As the situation is gradually normalizing, the Gulf and Middle East region is one of the most important markets for India.”
India’s foray into the Dubai expo closely follows “Incredible India Reconnect 2022”, a virtual roadshow in Oman.
The Ministry of Tourism said: “As India opens its borders post-pandemic, we are holding a series of virtual roadshows with Indian missions in the Middle East to reconnect with existing partners and explore new ties and opportunities”.
“The first Incredible India Reconnect event in the Gulf marks the beginning of efforts between the government and the market to encourage two-way tourism by recognizing the issues, challenges and opportunities to strengthen and build momentum in the two-way growth phase,” the ministry said. .