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Wednesday, 19 December, 2018, 09 : 00 AM [IST]

India looking at increasing inbound to the Buddhist circuit from Vietnam

India is hopeful of increasing inbound to its Buddhist sites from its South East Asian neighbour, Vietnam. “We have an office for Vietnam and in Singapore from where we take care of the Asian market. Vietnam is one of our important markets because of the Buddhist circuit; we look for support in terms of inbound traffic, and we would reciprocate the same,” said Malti Dutta, Assistant Director – Publicity, Ministry of Tourism India, was speaking at the Vietnam Roadshow in Mumbai with the event theme ‘Vietnam – A Charming destination for Indian tourists’. With the tag of ‘Incredible India’, Dutta spoke about promoting the brand in domestic and international markets.

When asked about Vietnam as a destination for India tourism, Malti said, “The origin of Buddha is in India so we look at Vietnam as a good source market. We recently had a Buddhist conclave in Mumbai and had invited delegates to visit multiple cities in India to promote tourism,” she added. The event was hosted by OM Tourism.

Referring to Vietnam as one of the most dynamic economies in the region, HE Pham Sanh Chau, Ambassador of Vietnam to India, spoke about the similarities the nation has with the sub-continent of India and also exclaimed about the impressive transformations happening in the country, helping boost the tourism industry.

The Ambassador said, “Our inbound has been growing consistently 30% annually, and at the moment we have 16 million foreign tourists visiting Vietnam, which in comparison to India is a lot more. We have made this possible as Vietnam has a lot to offer.” He was addressing delegates at the Vietnam Tourism Roadshow organised by Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in association with OM Tourism in Mumbai.

At the roadshow in Mumbai, which was the fourth to be held in India this year after Kolkata, Odisha and New Delhi, the idea was to generate awareness about the tourism prospects in Vietnam and to promote it as a destination. The Ambassador invited Indians, especially tour operators and travel agents, to take advantage of geographical proximity between India and Vietnam to promote tourism and expand their business.

The event continued with a product presentation by the partners: Victoria Tours, Hello Asia Travel, Hello Vietnam, Thai Airways, Melia Hotels International and Threeland Travel Orchid Global. They shed light on the Vietnamese heritage, well preserved historic relics and beaches. They also concentrated on transportation in the country, the Hindu Temples in the city of Ho Chi Minh or the My Son Sanctuary as well as the variety of restaurants.
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