Monday, June 4, 2012

Gujarat, Thailand Join Hands to Promote Tourism

India's western state of Gujarat and Thailand have joined hands in a bid to promote tourism in both the regions.

A Thai delegation, led by ambassador of Thailand in India, Pisan Manawapat came to meet Gujarat’s Chief Minister Narendra Modi with a proposal to fortify the tourism ties between Gujarat and Thailand.

Pisan Manawapat also expressed his keenness to start direct flight service from Gujarat to Thailand. He hinted that Thai Airways may begin the service.

Gujarat is a repository of priceless tokens of Lord Buddha and this entices Thai population to look for cheap flights to India and land up in the coastal state. If figures quoted in the India media are anything to go by then 60,000 pilgrims visit Gujarat from Thailand every year!

Overall, Gujarat is blossoming as a top holiday destination of India. Government figures indicate the Foreign Tourists Arrival (FTA) in the country’s western state has grown by 26% to 1.75 lakh in 2011-12. And in case the Thai-Gujarat flight kicks off, more international flyers would have the convenient means to take flights to India and visit the state.

Media reports made clear that Narendra Modi has given the nod to the suggestions proposed by the Thai envoy. Mr Modi has also suggested looking for possibilities of commencing a Vishnu circuit between Gujarat and Thailand.

It will not be wrong to say that this partnership deal is a win-win situation for tour and travel sectors of both the regions!


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