TRAVEL GAZETTE – The “Visit China Year” for Indian tourists has been launched by officials from the two countries, reports the Xinhua news agency.
China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) Chairman Li Jinzao read a letter of congratulations from Chinese President Xi Jinping to the opening ceremony of the event at the Sirifort sports and cultural complex.
He said while China and India had become two engines of world economic growth, their tourism industries have also become two shining stars in global tourism.
Li expressed his hope that tourism would become an important bond in the exchanges of people between the two countries.
Chinese Ambassador Le Yucheng said China was promoting tourism exchanges with India to build people-to-people ties.
As part of this effort, China opened a new route for Indian pilgrims to go to the Great Kailash Mountain in Tibet last year, he said.
Indian Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma said he believed in near future, the number of Chinese and Indian tourists visiting each other’s country would be the highest in the world.