The Ministry of Tourism under the ‘Incredible India’ banner participated at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) Dubai 2019 to showcase India as a preferred destination for tourism and promote India as a ‘Must See, Must Visit’ destination as well as provide a platform for the tourism stakeholders to showcase the various tourism destinations and products.

The India Pavilion showcased India as a ‘365 Days Destination’ – year-round multi-faceted tourist destination, culture, adventure, cruise, golf, MICE, luxury, wildlife, wellness and medical tourism, etc.

H.E. Vipul, Consul General, Consulate General of India, Dubai said, “I am happy that India is showcasing its tourism potential yet again at the Arabian Travel Market. India has immense opportunities for tourism whether it is related to sight-seeing, spirituality, wellness, shopping, sports or other activities. The infrastructure for tourism has been continuously improving in India to accommodate tourists from across the world but there is still immense untapped potential for future tourist arrivals in India. We can also learn from Dubai in promoting tourism in India. The Government of India has liberalised and simplified visa regime for tourists and our Consulate has also played its true part in facilitating the travel of Emiratis and foreign nationals to India from UAE. I am sure that our participation in ATM will enhance tourist inflow to India.”

About 20 participants from India representing the State Tourism Department of Kerala, Air India, IRCTC, Tour Operators, Travel Agents, Hoteliers/Resorts, Wellness Spas and Ayurveda centres were present in the India pavilion to showcase their diverse tourism products and services.

The Indian tourism outlook certainly looks promising with an upward trend in Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTA). India received around 10.04 million FTAs in 2017 registering a growth of 14% over 2016. The Gulf and the Middle East region are an important market for India. There has been a consistent and positive growth of Foreign Tourist Arrivals from this region to India and the aim is to further accelerate the growth in international tourist arrivals over the next 3 years through a multi-pronged approach including proactive marketing strategies in partnership with our tourism stakeholders.