The two-day long BRICS
Convention on Tourism was inaugurated today in Khajuraho Madhya
Pradesh. The BRICS nations were represented by the Minister of Tourism, South
Africa Mr. D.A. Hanekom and delegations from Russia and China. The inaugural function
was also graced by Tourism Minister and Chairman-Tourism, Government of Madhya
Pradesh Shri Surendra Patwa.
Government of India Shri Vinod Zutshi welcomed all the delegates, senior
dignitaries, officials and members of the travel trade. He stressed about the
importance of the tourism sector as a major catalyst for economic growth and a
source of job creation, thus contributing to the economy. He welcomed the
cooperation extended by all the BRIGS nations for mutual growth of tourism
between the member countries.
The Minister of
Tourism, South Africa expressed his great pleasure for holding the BRICS
Convention on Tourism in the historic temple town of Khajuraho and highlighted
that India with a long tradition, history, ancient civilization and culture
with a large number of World Heritage Sites like Khajuraho is destination to be
visited again and again. He also proposed constituting a permanent BRICS
Working Stream on Tourism comprising of the stakeholders of the Government and
Heads of the delegation
of China and Russia also emphasized greater cooperation among the member
countries for the mutual benefit for the growth of tourism and looked at the
convention as a platform to interact with the travel industry partners.
Tourism Minister of
Madhya Pradesh, expressed his gratitude for holding the event in Madhya
Pradesh, which is truly the heart of incredible India.
The inaugural session
ended with mesmerizing and vibrant cultural dance performance.