A high level delegation headed by Chen Wu, Governor of Guangxi Autonomous Region of China met the Union Minister of State for Tourism (I/C), Culture (I/C) and Civil Aviation, Mahesh Sharma in New Delhi. The agenda of the meeting was to promote tourism between India and Guangxi, China. The other members of Chinese delegation included Mo Gongming, Secretary-General of the People’s Government of Guangxi Zhang Autonomous Region and Yao Jing, Minister Counselor, Embassy of China and senior officials of Tourism of Guangxi among others.
Sharma said that the meeting is a great occasion as the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi is slated to begin his China visit from tomorrow and a bilateral agreement on tourism is expected to be signed between India and China during this visit. The bilateral relations of India with various countries have reached a new height after the visit of Prime Minister to various countries and this is expected to give a big boost to tourism in the country, he added.
India’s ranking in WEF Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index, 2015 has also moved up to 52nd this year from 65th position in 2013. India has made serious efforts in many areas including improving infrastructure, safety and security and cleanliness to promote tourism. Also, this year is being observed as a Visit India Year in China. All these developments should encourage the people from China to visit India for tourism purpose, the Minister added. India will be happy to host the tour and travel operators of China to India during the Visit India Year in 2016, who can visit here and explore the potential of India as a tourist destination as well as promote the tourist destinations of China.