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India Welcomed a Record Number of International Visitors in the First Quarter of 2017.

The total of 2.85 million arrivals for the January-March 2017 period marked a 13.7% increase compared to Q1 2016 and new first quarter record. International tourism revenues also soared to record levels, rising 14.6% to INR463.1 billion (approx. US$ 6.9bn).

In March 2017 alone, India welcomed a total of 905,000 international visitors, 10.7% up year-on-year.

India's e-tourist visa scheme also grew in popularity in Q1; the country issued 467,000 e-visas during the three-month period, up 45.6% year-on-year.



Exhibition and Convention Complex to be Built at Pragati Maidan

Delhi's Pragati Maidan is set to get a makeover, with an exhibition and convention complex. The complex being built at Pragati Maidan will have world-class features like skywalk connectivity with metro and seven modern exhibition halls.

The exhibition-cum-convention complex will have a basement parking of 4,800 vehicles. A provision for a hotel has also been made.

"The iconic convention centre will be at par with the best in the world. It will be on an elevated podium with unique curved slopping facade incorporating local flavour with a window to Delhi having 360 degree view of surrounding areas such as India Gate, Supreme Court, etc," Goyal said.



Kerala Signs Tourism MoU with SilkAir

Kerala Tourism Department has signed an MoU with Singapore-based SilkAir to promote tourism in the state. The MoU was signed in the presence of state tourism minister Kadakampalli Surendran at a function. The initiative is to jointly promote tourism to Kerala from priority markets like Australia, New Zealand, China, Korea, Japan and Singapore by conducting roadshows and other special marketing programmes in chosen cities.

Effective for a period of one year, the MoU would cover a series of joint activities including brand advertising and promotional campaigns, tactical and digital marketing, familiarisation trips, trade fairs, joint roadshows and product development.