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Wednesday, 28 November, 2018, 09 : 30 AM [IST]

65th TAAI convention begins in Kunming with a call to strengthen people to people contacts between India & China

The 65th annual convention and exhibition of Travel Agents' Association of India (TAAI) got underway in Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province of China, with a call to strengthen more people to people contacts thereby enhancing tourism exchanges between the world's two developing economies and most populous countries. The 3-day convention was inaugurated by the Vice Governor of Yunnan Province, Mme. LiMalin in the presence of He Ligui, Director General of Tourism of Yunnan Province, Li Bijian, Minister and DCM, Embassy of China in New Delhi, and past and current Presidents of TAAI.

In her inaugural speech, Li Malin said that there is huge potential to develop tourism relationships between India and China as "both China and India are developing countries with rapid economic development increased living standards, fast growing middle class" thus presenting a "golden opportunity for tourism development". "Before us is the tourist market broad enough for both sides to explore," she said.

Mentioning the two top leadership level meetings between President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, both at Wuhan in April and during BRICS in July, she said this spirit was for comprehensive cooperation including people to people relationships.

Talking about Yunnan, Li Malin said that the province is blessed with abundant tourism resources and endowments. She said that the attempt is to make Yunnan as the new power house of China facing South and South East Asia.

Speaking on the occasion, Sunil Kumar, President, TAAI said that the convention will act as a "model platform" for further boosting closer tourism exchanges between the two countries. He said that with the convention Yunnan and Kunming will become "household" names for travel trade community in India. As per the spirit of the convention and its theme ‘Tourism Beyond Boundaries’, Kumar said that both India and China can now put tourism on the centre stage and try to build relationships around.
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