Offbeat destinations bullish on outbound tourism potential of India
While the global tourism industry is bullish on India’s growth story, off-beat and small countries like Rwanda, Romania, Fiji, Bhutan, Egypt, Maldives, etc. are also attempting to ride on the bandwagon believing in India’s outbound tourism potential. These countries are scouting travel and tourism opportunities in India in a big way, thus to be on the wish-list of Indian tourists. The Tourism Promotion Board’s representatives from these countries revealed their focus plans of India on the sidelines of OTM 2016, which is India’s biggest outbound travel mart that witnessed more than 50 countries promoting their tourism potential to India.For instance, a tiny country like Rwanda, which had 14,000 tourists from India in 2015, is now expecting about 35% increase in its Indian tourist arrivals in the coming year. For Rwanda, India is the second target tourist destination after China and recognising the potential, the Rwanda Tourism Department has been promoting their offerings in India in a big way. Rwanda is being developed as a Meetings, Incentives, Conferences & Exhibitions (MICE) hub. Another example is Bhutan where 80,000 tourists visited Bhutan in 2015, the country is now expecting the footfalls to rise to 1,30,000 to 1,50,000. Countries such as Romania, Fiji are also not exception. With multiple offerings, these countries are promoting their tourism opportunities in India.All these countries are participating in OTM – 2016, India’s biggest outbound travel mart in Mumbai.