Belgium, France use WWI to woo Indians

Nearly 70,000 Indian soldiers who died in the battlefields of Western Europe during World War-I will be hounoured in the centennial commemoration in Belgium and France next year. The tourism boards of both the countries are making a pitch to attract Indian tourists for the occasion.

Apart from official ceremonies, a series of exhibitions and events is being organised in both the countries. Museums have been renovated with new objects and documents kept on display. The 2014 edition of Tour de France will pass through several sites where the war was fought, as a mark of homage.

“We are expecting at least two million extra visitors to the sites and cultural events in remembrance of the Great War in the coming years from all over the world. We hope to receive a large number of visitors from India for the commemoration of World War-I in Flanders and Brussels. Indian soldiers played a major role during World War-I. Around 72,000 fought in Flanders as members of the British army (Indian Army Corps) and 7,000 of them lost their lives,” said Sunil Puri, managing director, Visit Flanders, in India.

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