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Date: Tue, Oct 26, 2010 at 2:40 PM
Press Information Bureau
Government of India
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India and Cyprus Exchange Views to Promote Tourism between the Two Countries
A four-member delegation led by Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Government of Cyprus Mr. Antonis Paschalldes here today called on the Minister of Tourism and Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation Kumari Selja. During their half an hour meeting both the sides exchanged ideas in the tourism sector with a view to promote tourism between the two countries.
Welcoming Mr. Paschalldes, the tourism Minister Kumari Selja said, though Cyprus is a small country but it is an important country in the Mediterranean. She said, there is a lot of potential in the tourism sector and both the countries can actively cooperate in the field of Hospitality, Tourism Education and Human Resource Development. She said, India can learn from Cyprus in the area of Beach Tourism. She said, if the direct air links could be established between India and Cyprus it will give a fillip to the promotion of tourism in both the countries and better understanding among the people of the two countries. She said, both the countries can exchange information on the tourism statistics, tourism planning, hotel licensing and classification. She said, India has lot of diversity and attractions for visitors from abroad such as Golden Triangle (Delhi-Agra-Jaipur), Kerala, Rajasthan, Goa and other parts of the country. She said, her Ministry is now focusing to promote India as a 365-day destination for visitors from abroad. She said, 40 percent Foreign Tourists are repeat tourists in India. She said, India and Cyprus can organize Road Shows in each other's country to promote tourism between them.
The visiting dignitary was of the view that both countries can increase business contacts to have better people to people contact. Mr. Antonis Paschalldes said, Cyprus has many products like Sports Tourism, Wellness Tourism, Religious Tourism and Beach Tourism to attract visitors. He said, Cyprus though a small country in terms of population attracts about 2.5 - 3 million tourists per year. He agreed to work out modalities for Road Shows in each other's country to promote tourism.