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Published on : Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Narendra Modi, the 15th prime minister of India is all set to complete as many as 19 overseas trips in a year. On Thursday, Modi will touch down in China, the 17th international visit followed by South Korea and Mongolia before he returns to India on May 20.
The packed international tours of India’s PM since his coming to office on May 26, 2014 continue to receive mixed reactions in home and abroad. However, the innovative measures introduced by the new government as far as the travel industry in the country is concerned are welcomed by tourism professionals worldwide.
In the first year at his office, Mr. Modi traveled to 18 countries including a double visit to Nepal. He spent 52 days of his first 365 days as prime minister outside of India.
Mr. Modi started his international trips with Bhutan when he was not even a month in his new role. He traveled to Brazil for the BRICS summit in August and then flew to Nepal. His trip to the Unites States in September received a lot of positive reviews following the Madison Square Garden speech.
His following foreign trips covered countries like Germany, France, Japan, Canada, Singapore, Myanmar and other Indian Ocean countries.
It is quite imperative to understand the motive of such profuse international trips and the prime minister had made his intentions very clear. Foreign Direct Investment and promoting mutual tourism remains as the two pivotal plans of the Modi Government to boost the Indian economy.
As many opposition leaders criticized the PM’s regular foreign trips, the global image of India and its acceptability among tourism powerhouses like Germany, France and Japan are definitely enhanced.
Modi’s primary electoral promise was delivering jobs to the citizens of India and quite evidently his recent trips are to facilitate tourism and FDI that can usher hope for millions of jobless Indians.