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Incredible India Tourism Investors' Summit 2016

Ministry of Tourism's maiden Incredible India Tourism Investors' Summit 2016 kicked off in New Delhi. Arun Jaitley, Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs inaugurated the three-day summit. Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism & Culture delivered the key address. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu also addressed the audience on the occasion. It is an initiative of the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, in association with Tourism Finance Corporation of India (TFCI) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). IITIS is a platform for domestic and international investors to meet project owners from across Indian states and the private sector. Highlights of this summit were state presentations encompassing all investible properties, session on "Why invest in India?," MSME in tourism sector, panel discussions on core infrastructure for tourism, session on start-ups, digital India, investing into Swadesh Darshan, PRASAD, MICE and niche tourism products, B2B meetings and signing of MoUs. Four Knowledge Partners i.e. Ernst & Young, KPMG, Yes Bank and Invest India assisted States and UTs for identifying projects, suggesting tourism policy updates and presenting these to the potential investors during the summit. Around 250 domestic and overseas investors participated in the summit. More than 2000 delegates registered for the event.



Scoots Starts Flying to India's Pink City

Jaipur becomes airline's third new Indian destination of 2016. Scoot has taken the next step in its Indian expansion strategy with the launch of its inaugural flight to Jaipur.

The low-cost carrier landed in India's Pink City for the first time on 2 October 2016, following a direct flight from Singapore. Initially, Scoot will operate this route three times a week, before rising to four weekly flights on 30 October 2016. Like all Scoot's routes, the Jaipur service will be operated using a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

Scoot first started flying to India earlier this year, with direct flights to Chennai and Amritsar, so Jaipur becomes its third destination in the country.

Travellers from Jaipur will also be able to connect to destinations across Asia Pacific, including Australia, via Singapore's Changi Airport.



International Buddhist Conclave 2016

Dr Mahesh Sharma addresses the fifth International Buddhist Conclave in Delhi. India's government has pledged to develop its Buddhist sites for tourism.

Addressing the fifth International Buddhist Conclave, India's Minister of Tourism & Culture, Dr Mahesh Sharma, told delegates that his country was in the process of creating a "Buddhist Circuit", connecting a series of pilgrimage sites.

The Buddhist circuit is one of a series of tourism projects being undertaken by India, as part of the 'Swadesh Darshan' initiative, which aims to create tourism circuits by combining different sites by region or sector.