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25 countries scout West Bengal for tourist attractions

KOLKATA

The Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) and Kolkata tourism department will jointly promote tourism in the state under a programme called “Destination East’, an initiative to attract foreign tourists to the state.

Tour companies from 25 countries of Southeast Asia, Europe, US and Latin America were in the city after a detailed tour of the state to finalize exchange plans with hospitality partners here. Delegates visited Darjeeling, Sunderbans, Bankura and Santiniketan this time.

Most felt that Darjeeling and Sunderbans were the two destinations that were readily marketable to foreign tourists. Darjeeling because of its tea and its unspoilt British legacy and Sunderbans because of the unique forest experience it offers. Among those who attended the meet were US, UK, Australia, Germany, France, Switzerland, Russia, Italy, Thailand, Singapore, China and Malayasia.

“Actually your city and state have not been marketed well outside. I was amazed when I saw Darjeeling and Kolkata. In fact, the British legacy has left its distinct impression here and it’s a treat to explore the heritage of Kolkata that will definitely remind one of yesteryear London,” said Somsong Sachaphimukh, who represented Thailand’s S S Group, one of the biggest tourism conglomerates of that country,” told Times of India.

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