The Indian Embassy in Cairo، in cooperation with the Indian Tourism Office in Dubai، organized Monday a seminar entitled "India of Wonderland" campaign to promote Egyptian tourism in India، with the participation of a number of Indian and Egyptian tourism offices.
“We seek to increase the number of tourists between the two countries as well as we seek to increase cultural cooperation between the two countries” said Indian ambassador in Cairo، Sanjay Patacharya.
"India offers a range of wonderful options for Egyptian travelers wishing to spend their holidays." Patacharya added.
"India has a variety of tourist destinations such as historic places، beautiful landscapes، beaches، mountains، adventure places، cultural events، yoga events، medical tourism venues، wedding venues and Bollywood tours." the ambassador continued.
He affirmed that the number of Indian tourists visiting Egypt is constantly increasing reaching 120،000 in 2016، which is the largest over the past six years، meanwhile، approximately 18،000 Egyptians tourists visited India last year.
The ambassador called for boosting cooperation between Egypt and India in the tourism sector to increase the number of tourists for the benefit of both sides.
On the other hand، head of the Tourism Promotion Authority، Hisham al-Damiri said that tourism is one of the most important industries that are evolving rapidly، he added، that the Egyptian tourism sector contributes about 11% in the gross national product، and contributes 7% as a source of foreign currency.
Al-Damiri added that tourism secure jobs for nearly 4 million citizens which 70% Directly and indirectly benefits from.
He stressed that the relations between India and Egypt are very strong، considering that India is one of the most promising markets، with a growth rate of 36% annually، and expressed the authority's readiness to provide all aid to Egyptian and Indian tourists.
"I assure that the Egyptian tourism restored its position on the global map and Egypt still has a lot to share with all the countries of the world. " he revealed.
Meanwhile، a series of presentations on tourist attractions in India were screened during the seminar.
The seminar also included meetings between the Indian tourism offices and their Egyptian counterparts to discuss cooperation to encourage Egyptian tourism in India.
On Sunday، the embassy launched a one-month advertising campaign entitled "India of Wonderland" on some public transport buses in Cairo to highlight the various tourist attractions in India.
Noteworthy، India and Egypt، two of the world’s oldest civilizations، have enjoyed a history of close contact from ancient times. Even prior to the Common Era، Ashoka’s edicts refer to his relations with Egypt under Ptolemy II، according to Embassy of India in Cairo، Egypt
Egypt has traditionally been one of India's most important trading partners in the African continent.
Bilateral trade has grown significantly and consistently in the past five years. Trade between India and Egypt during the last financial year (April 2015 - March 2016) was US$ 3.5 billion.