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New Delhi: Today, when we talk about the largest and fastest growing economic sectors, travel and tourism sector has made its name at the top of the list.

Such immense growth in India under this sector has been due to flexible policies and regulatory support by the government authorities, which further includes rising income levels and changing lifestyle of the common people.

No matter there has been drastic fluctuations in the rupee value, or the GDP increasing by more than seven percent every year, yet Indian tourism did not seem to get affected. Moreover, even the static economy could not tremble the number of tourist’s departure from India.

Thus, India has emerged as the world’s fastest-growing outbound market and in absolute numbers, it is second only to China.

Whatever be the reason, leisure, business, a shopping trip, any global sports event or even meeting any relative living abroad, and Indians have been increasingly traveling.

Indians offer such immense potential for future growth in outbound level.
According to the predictions of UNWTO, India will account for 50 million outbound tourists by 2020

Traditionally Thailand, Singapore, United States, and Malaysia are among the most preferred tourist’s destinations among Indian travelers, but there are other countries like Sri Lanka, Nepal, and China which are also preferred nowadays.

The increasing in the tourism is mainly due to decrease cost of international airfare and availability of affordable travel packages.

However, there are many challenges in outbound travel. In India, companies tend to specialize in either inbound or outbound, few do both successfully. The average Indian travel agent deals with customers who are extremely price sensitive and are inherent shoppers. Bargaining is a cultural trait.

Whereas there is also a feeling that the local agents have no right to make money. In general, agencies in India are not equipped or trained in charging fees.

Also, another hurdle for Indian outbound tourism market is the rupee depreciation that has become a very big hurdle for Indian outbound tourism. Destinations such as United States, Canada, London, France, Italy and Switzerland have seen a dip in bookings due to rupee depreciation.(input from agencies)(image: blog.raysoutdoors.com.au)

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President Ram Nath Kovind Pays His Condolences to Former UN Chief Kofi Annan

Annan was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize jointly with the UN in 2001 "for their work for a better organised and more peaceful world".

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India condoles former UN chief Kofi Annan's death.
India condoles former UN chief Kofi Annan's death. Flickr

India on Saturday condoled the death of former UN Secretary General and Nobel laureate Kofi Annan with President Ram Nath Kovind expressing his condolences to the former Ghanaian diplomat’s family and the UN community as a whole.

“Sorry to learn of the passing of former Secretary General of the United Nations Kofi Annan,” Kovind said on the Rashtrapati Bhavan Twitter handle.

“My condolences to his family and to the UN community,” he stated.

Annan, 80, died on Saturday in Switzerland after a short illness, with his wife and three children by his side.

“It is with immense sadness that the Annan family and the Kofi Annan Foundation announce that the former Secretary General of the UN and Nobel Peace Laureate, passed away peacefully on Saturday 18th August after a short illness,” his family said.

Kofi Annan
Annan was the first black African to take up the role of the world’s top diplomat, serving two terms from 1997 to 2006. Flickr

Annan was the first black African to take up the role of the world’s top diplomat, serving two terms from 1997 to 2006. He later served as the UN special envoy for Syria, leading efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict.

He also led a UN commission to investigate the Rohingya refugee crisis in Myanmar.

The Myanmar government led by Aung San Suu Kyi supported Annan’s recommendations on the crisis in the country’s Rakhine State.

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Annan was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize jointly with the UN in 2001 “for their work for a better organised and more peaceful world”.

His tenure as the UN chief coincided with the Iraq war and the HIV/Aids pandemic. (IANS)

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