Tuesday, November 16, 2010

India tourism 'benefitting' from Commonwealth Games

India is set to see a boom in visitor numbers following the success of the Commonwealth Games, claims the secretary of India's tourism ministry.

RH Khwaja explained the Indian tourism sector will experience a rise in demand in coming years as the sporting event has helped to boost the country's international profile and could lead to more travellers taking flights to India.

"India today is emerging as a major economy of the world with growth rate of more than eight per cent per annum. The tourism industry in India is set to grow at an even higher pace," said Mr Khwaja, according to PTI.

The number of foreign tourists arriving in October increased by nine per cent compared to 2009's levels. It is thought that figures from the tourism ministry show the Commonwealth Games was responsible for around five per cent of the visitors during last month.

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