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Published on : Friday, November 18, 2016
Navneet Sehgal, Principal Secretary & Director General, Dept. of Tourism, Uttar Pradesh, speaks exclusively to Travel And Tour World at WTM 2016. Read the full interview here:-
Travel And Tour World: Can you tell us how is it going here at World Travel Market?
Navneet Sehgal: This is a very big market and people are coming from all over the world, interacting with each other, B to B. there are a lot of opportunities available for business here at WTM. And I am extremely happy to be present here and to be part of this big travel mart.
Travel And Tour World: What is the new message for your region?
Navneet Sehgal: We have one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal. We are here to showcase that we have rich architectural and cultural heritage. We also have a very old and exciting cuisine. In Uttar Pradesh we also have nature’s bounty in terms of tiger reserve, crocodile parks, bird sanctuary. We are here to showcase the state and also inform the people that what infrastructural improvements are going on in the state for their comfortable travel.
Travel And Tour World: You mentioned in one of your messages that you are a destination with heart. What do you mean by that?
Navneet Sehgal: Taj is the heart. It is a symbol of love. If you have not visited the Taj, then you are missing out something in life. One must visit the Taj.
Travel And Tour World: How do you think that helps in attracting more people to your state?
Navneet Sehgal: We are here to advertise our state as a whole. Uttar Pradesh is not only about the Taj Mahal, it is much more than that. We have several other monuments as exciting as the Taj. There are a lot of exciting things to explore in the state. We also have the oldest living city in the world, that is Kashi, where you can enjoy the yoga and spiritual bliss.
Travel And Tour World: Kindly elaborate on the cuisine of Uttar Pradesh.
Navneet Sehgal: We have the very famous Awadhi cuisine. Awadhi cuisine has some of the best kebabs of the world. Come and enjoy the cuisine of Uttar Pradesh which you cannot find anywhere in the world.