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Club Med woos Indian tourists to to its Maldives resorts

KANI

With growing numbers of Indians travelling abroad on vacations, French resorts major Club Mediterranean, better known worldwide as Club Med, is luring Indians to its two island resorts in the Maldives, the land of white sandy beaches and emerald sea.

“We are very keen that more Indians visit our resorts in Asia, particularly Maldives,” said Club Med India head (sales) Manoj Kumar Upadhyay.

He is hoping to see the number of such visitors double to all its Asian resorts in the Maldives, Phuket, Bali and Bintan.

“We now receive about 2,000-2,500 Indian visitors and we intend to see 5,000 Indians travelling to our Asian resorts by 2016,” he said.

India’s outbound tourism market is one of the fastest growing markets in the world and is said to have grown by 12 percent over the last six to seven years. The World Tourism Organization says India will account for around 50 million outbound visitors by 2020.

The Indian market, thus, became the 8th largest market for the Maldives at the end of 2013. Till October this year, the Maldives received a total of 39,848 tourists from India, which was an increase of 10 percent over 2014.

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