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India seeks Chinese investments in developing tourism

By : Press Trust of Indian|Updated: 2008-11-13

New Delhi, Nov 12 (PTI) India today sought investment from Chinese entrepreneurs to develop tourist infrastructure in the country.

Tourism Minister Ambika Soni extended the invitation to entrepreneurs from China during a meeting she held with a delegation led by Governor of the Yunnan Province Qin Guanggrong here.

Soni told the visiting delegation that India and China must take steps to increase the tourism potential in each other's country.

During the 45-minute parley, Guangrong asked India to open a consulate in Kunming to promote tourism back home.

Over four lakh visitors from India travelled to China in 2006 as against 88,000 Chinese tourists in India last year.

Soni told the Chinese side that New Delhi had streamlined the visa regime for Chinese tourists visiting India.

Guangrong emphasised that India should participate in tourism shows and travel marts in the Yunnan province, which he claimed is a leader in tourism in China and also closer to India geographically.