DELHI India -- Mauritius has held
a ‘Know India’ Travel Seminar this week in Port Louis to
promote tourism and better bilateral relations, writes Swami Anand Kul Bhushan.
Hosted by the Indian High Commissioner to Mauritius, Abhay
Thakur, the event was attended by Mr. Nandcoomar Bodha,
Mauritius Minister of Public Infrastructure and Land
Transport and Acting Minister of Tourism as well as other
personalities, including Mr. IRV Rao, Head of Regional
Tourist Office, Government of India in Johannesburg and
representatives of travel agencies.
Tahkur, said he was happy to welcome everybody
present to the ‘Incredible India’ presentation by
the India Regional Tourist Office in Johannesburg,
South Africa, reported Mauritius Times.
attention to the unique historic, cultural and
ancestral linkages between India and Mauritius that
are well known, emphasizing how ‘Our two peoples
maintain very close contact and frequently travel to
each other’s countries’, giving some numbers that
reflected this growing closeness.
Thus, ‘Not only are both India and Mauritius
growing rapidly as attractive tourist destinations
globally, but also that tourist exchanges between
them is intensifying bilaterally…
Indian High Commissioner to Mauritius,
Abhay Thakur [left] has hosted a successful
‘Know India’ Travel Seminar in Port Louis.
Both India and Mauritius tourist arrivals
grew by well over 10 per cent last year.
Further, ‘bilaterally, the number of Indian
tourists coming into Mauritius in 2016 was 82,670, a growth of
14.6 per cent, while the number of Mauritian tourists coming
into India in 2015 was 32,533, a growth of 16.4 per cent.
So the number of our peoples travelling to
each other countries is also growing well, in the range of 15
He felt that with the ‘growing prosperity in India and
Mauritius, and growing propensity to travel, tourism is
definitely one sector where both sides can and are doing more’.
He referred to the recent initiatives by the Government of
India like the e-Tourist Visa facility and the special
dispensation for Mauritius for OCI - Overseas Citizen of India -
cards, as well as special schemes of great interest to
Mauritians, who either seek spiritual rejuvenation through
pilgrimage in India, or wish to re-discover their umbilical
connect with India, or go for wellness treatment.
For example, the ‘Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual
Augmentation Drive (PRASAD) scheme aims at providing a complete
religious and spiritual tourism experience’, covering many sites
across several states.
The Swadesh Darshan scheme has thirteen thematic circuits,
for example, North-East India Circuit, Buddhist Circuit,
Himalayan Circuit, Coastal Circuit, Krishna Circuit, Desert
Circuit, Tribal Circuit, Eco Circuit, Wildlife Circuit, Rural
Circuit, Spiritual Circuit, Ramayana Circuit and Heritage
He also highlighted that ‘India is also
well recognized the world over as a holistic health and
wellness tourism destination, offering quality medical
services of global standing with highly qualified doctors,
state-of–the-art diagnostic equipment and affordable
treatment at competitive prices’.
Urging the participating
travel companies to further develop their contacts with
their Indian counterparts to utilize all the various avenues
and options available, he said, "With your support, our
efforts to increase our tourist linkages will be fruitful."