India Tourism Minister urges for increase in tourism involving Japan

Published on : Tuesday, October 25, 2016

india-tourism-ministerIndia’s Culture and Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma urged for an increase in Japan-involved tourism in the country. He made the comment while speaking at the “India-Japan Tourism Programme” in New Delhi.


“A lot of Indians visit Japan. Similarly, a lot of Japanese tourists come to India, but we need to increase Japan-involved tourism,” the Minister said.


“We value our relations with Japan. We specially invite our Japanese friends to come here and participate in helping us create a new hotel industry. We are still short of 2,90,040 rooms. We need to have investment and participation for development of tourism in the country,” he added.


Citing the religious connection between the two countries, he said the relations with Japan are as old as six centuries, as Lord Buddha carried Buddhism forward from India to Japan.


Quoting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s belief in tourism being the future of India, he said: “Tourism can increase the scope of everything, be it employment generation, agriculture or women empowerment.”


Japanese Ambassador Kenji Hiramatsu on the other hand referred to the fewer number of Indian tourists to Japan.


“Around 80,000 people visited Japan in 2015 and near about 1.2 million Indian tourists went to the US.


“India is growing in the field of economy and also otherwise. I see a huge potential. And, the number can increase to five times of the previous year’s figures. In the framework of Indo-Japan Tourism, I wish to see things improve in a visible way,” Hiramatsu said.


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