On 24th October 2017 KATA representatives joined other travel & tourism stakeholders for a breakfast meeting with the High Commission of India.
The aim of the meeting was to promote Tourism and people-to-people contacts between India and Kenya with a special emphasis on the States of Maharashtra and Goa.
Speaking while officially opening the India Tourism Promotion Event at the Crown Plaza Hotel last Tuesday, India High Commissioner to Kenya Her Excellency Ms. Suchitra Durai acknowledged that Indians form the third largest group of tourists visiting Kenya every year. More than 65,000 tourists from India visited Kenya in 2016. Thousands of Kenyans too travel to India for Business, Medical Treatment, Education etc. every year.
The current season in India was paryatan parv (Tourism festival) which runs from October 5th to October 25th.
A couple of things have been done by the Ministry of Tourism to woo tourists to the country. E- Visa is available for 162 countries including Kenya which attract tourists to Incredible India. “The validity of the E-visa to India has been increased from 30days to 60 days, Free sim card (Welcome card), with top upped credit has also been introduced” said Ms. Durai. Ministry of tourism started a toll-free multi-lingual help line in February 2016, to provide 24/7 service to its visitors.
Mr. Sandesh Parab, GM at Mahindra Automotive mentioned that tourism has many phases and he is proud to say that the state of Maharashtra offers a lot of business, tourism, religious activities and a wide range of opportunities. He added that a single window system has been implemented to facilitate investment in the state.