[Freemanlist2] INDIA AS AN EMERGING MARKET FOR INCOMING TOURISM
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INDIA AS AN EMERGING MARKET FOR INCOMING TOURISMMinistry of Tourism
For the first time, 600 travel agents from India will arrive in Israel for
the annual Travel Agents Federation of India conference, at the initiative
and invitation of the Tourism Ministry.
13% year on year increase in outgoing tourism from India
In 2014, 34,900 tourists from India visited Israel
About 71% of Indian tourists base their travel decisions on recommendations
from local travel agents
Tourism Minister Dr. Uzi Landau:"Outgoing tourism from India, one of the
world's fastest growing countries, continues to increase. The Tourism
Ministry identified the potential and has focused its efforts there in order
to expose Israel to the country's leading tourism professionals. We see
great potential in this conference to position Israel as an attractive
tourism destination for the Indian tourist - similar to the way in which
Israelis see India as an important tourism destination."
Jerusalem, February 18, 2015 - For the first time in its history, the Travel
Agents Federation of India will hold its annual conference in Jerusalem next
week, with the participation of about 600 Indian travel agents and tour
operators and at the initiative and invitation of the Tourism Ministry. It
is expected that the conference will lead to an increase in incoming tourism
from India, where some 71% of people base their travel decisions on the
advice of their travel agents.
The conference, which will take place at the International Convention Center
Jerusalem from 22-25 February, includes the participation of 30 exhibitors
from all branches of the Israeli tourism industry. Conference participants
will also partake in pre and post FAM tours arranged by the Tourism
The Tourism Ministry opened its Mumbai office over a year ago, having
identified the significant potential for incoming tourism to Israel from
India. The ministry will focus on India as one of its main markets for
marketing investment. In India, there are approximately 300 million people
who travel the world and outgoing tourism from India is the fastest growing
in the world. About a third of Indians prefer to spend their disposable
income on holidays and touring.
Statistics from the World Travel Organization show that outgoing tourism
from India has grown by 13% from 2012 to 2013 - millions of more tourists a
year. Outgoing tourism from India in 2003 stood at 5.4 million, reached 12.5
million in 2010 and is expected to reach about 50 million by 2050.
The TAFI conference in Jerusalem next week will include a gala evening with
the spectacular traditional Indian inauguration ceremony in which lights are
illuminated to celebrate the victory of the people of light over the people
of darkness. During the festival days in India, the faithful place ceramic
lamps and candles on the walls of the temples and on the windows, roofs and
balconies of private houses; the streets are decorated with streamers of
lights and there are firework displays.
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