TAAI To Host Its Annual Convention In Kunming, China; Step Towards Boosting Tourism
TAAI signs MoU with Yunnan Tourism Commission to hold TAAI Conference in Kunming between 27 and 29 November
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Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Yunnan Provincial Tourism Development Commission (YPTDC) of China to hold their 64th Annual TAAI Convention and Exhibition in the city of Kunming. The convention and exhibition will be held between November 27 and 29 at the InterContinental Hotel Kunming.
Sunil Kumar, President of TAAI said that tourism has been the biggest beneficiary of TAAI’s overseas conferences in its long history of annual conferences. He said that India gets a negligible share of the Chinese outbound and the TAAI conference in Kunming will help bridge that gap in a big way. He said that the ‘Namaste India’ evenings at TAAI conventions is a big networking ground for local tour operators with Indian counterparts.
Talking on the occasion Shi Lin, Vice Director General, Tourism Development Committee, Yunnan Province said that Yunnan province in general and Kunming, in particular, are the big draw with overseas travellers because of its unique culture, scenic beauty and matured travel products – hi-speed train, cross-border tours, shopping tours, etc. Kunming is blessed with the magnificent landscape, nice weather and hospitable people. Considering the population of the two countries, the potential for tourism exchanges is enormous, she said. Indian visitor numbers have grown 10-fold in the last 10 years, she said. Yunnan province received 56,300 Indian travellers last year.
In a very passionate speech on India – China relations, Li Bijian, the Minister Counsellor of the Embassy of China said that while two countries are so close and can shake hands across the Himalayas, lack of mutual trust is a major issue. People do not know each other. Citing the two-way traffic of 1.08 million, he said that it’s nothing compared to the population of two countries.
This is the first time in TAAI’s history, founded in 1951 that the annual convention will meet in China intended to be a step to boost tourism.
Kunming is directly connected from Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport (CCU) and has extensive connections via Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK), Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN), Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL), and Singapore Changi Airport (SIN).
A high-powered delegation from Yunnan along with officials from India joined TAAI to announce the annual Convention & Exhibition of TAAI at Kunming, Yunnan, from November 27-29, 2018 in New Delhi which included Shi Lin, Vice Director General of YPTDC; Liu Huibo, Vice Director of International Marketing Department of YPTDC; Fang Limin, Vice Director of International Marketing Department of YPTDC; Li Bijian, Deputy Chief Minister of the Embassy of China; Tianxin, Director of Indian Office of the Culture and Tourism, Ministry of China and Zhao Jun from the China Embassy was also present and representatives from the three Chinese airlines flying out of India – China Eastern, Shandong Airlines, and China Southern.