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India accounts for highest growth among visitors to Vienna, Austria

As many as 25,181 Indian travellers visited Vienna in the six-month period that ended on June 30.

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  • As many as 25,181 Indian travellers visited Vienna in the six-month period that ended on June 30, representing a 32 per cent increase over the same period the previous year, as per the Vienna Tourist Board
  • One in every eight visitors also attended one of the 3,685 congresses, corporate events and incentives in Vienna — which is also a new record
  • The Austrian capital, with its legacy of palaces, art, music and romance, coffee houses and green locales, also caught the eye of Indian film maker Karan Johar who chose Vienna as the setting for his upcoming romantic film “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” that stars Aishwarya Rai, Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma

Not only did 32 percent more Indians visited this picturesque Austrian capital during the first six months of this year, but their growth was also the highest among any nationality, followed by Britain, as per latest official data.

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As many as 25,181 Indian travellers visited Vienna in the six-month period that ended on June 30, representing a 32 percent increase over the same period the previous year, as per the Vienna Tourist Board.

India accounts for highest number of visitors in Vienna. Image Source: Reuters
India accounts for highest number of visitors in Vienna. Image Source: Reuters

“A large number of Indian families, honeymooners and conference attendees traveled to Vienna for its stately castles, culture, cuisine, music and vast green spaces and helped record 56,000 overnight stays in January-June — a 39 per cent growth over the same period last year,” the board said in a statement.

One in every eight visitors also attended one of the 3,685 congresses, corporate events and incentives in Vienna — which is also a new record. This also coincides with global consulting giant Mercer ranking Vienna with the world’s highest quality of living for the seventh consecutive time in a row.

A still from official website of Vienna tourist board. Image Source: www.iap.tuwien.ac.at
A still from the official website of Vienna tourist board. Image Source: www.iap.tuwien.ac.at

“A popular destination for families and honeymooners, Vienna bewitched younger audiences to savour its romantic ambiance. Young Indian couples are now beginning to forge wedding vows in the city, known for its love affair with imperial heritage and architecture,” said Isabella Rauter, Manager for Media Management with Vienna Tourist Board.

The Austrian capital, with its legacy of palaces, art, music and romance, coffee houses and green locales, also caught the eye of Indian film maker Karan Johar who chose Vienna as the setting for his upcoming romantic film “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” that stars Aishwarya Rai, Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma.

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Poster. Image Source: aedilhaimushkil.com
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Poster. Image Source: aedilhaimushkil.com

“Some of the attractions popular with Indians are a stroll around the city, a leisurely journey which takes one back to the days of the empire. Parks and green spaces make up more than the half of the metropolitan area offering plenty of opportunities for recreation. Some 280 imperial parks and gardens enrich the cityscape. In spring, 400 species of rose bloom in the Volksgarten alone,” said the tourist board.

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The Austrian capital is also well connected with India.

While Air India offers a thrice-a-week direct service from Delhi, those visiting from Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore can reach Vienna after a small stopover on Turkish Airlines, Emirates, Etihad, Air India, Swiss, Lufthansa and British Airways. (IANS)

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  • AJ Krish

    People in India spend so much money going on vacations. But it is surprising to know that Austria is such a popular destination.

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Narendra Modi Considers Indians in Argentina as Bridge Between Two Nations

Narendra Modi is slated to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the G20 summit

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi who arrived here to participate in the G20 Summit, sought the help of the Indians in Argentina in strengthening bilateral ties and taking it to a new level by playing the role of a “bridge”, an official statement said on Friday.

Narendra Modi made the remarks on Thursday evening while attending a “Yoga for Peace” event.

The Prime Minister said that there were unlimited possibilities of mutual cooperation between the two countries and “we can avail the benefits of our capabilities in the field of business, pharma, oil, gas, IT and space”.

“The cooperation between the two countries has an ability to create a golden future in sectors of water, land and space. You are all India’s messengers. Your contribution is a bridge which connects both the countries,” Modi said in the event.

Modi said that practices like yoga can further enhance the relationship between the two countries.

“The meaning of Yoga is to unite. Yoga connects us with ‘wellness and happiness’. It led to overcome thousands of kilometres distance between India and Argentina and has been uniting the people of both the countries.”

He invited Indians residing in Argentina and their friends to visit India and understand the country in a vast way.

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“All the Indians living in Argentina should come to India with their friends (and participate) in ‘Pravasi Bharatiya Divas’ programme to be organised in Kashi in January 2019. As the Ardh Kumbh will be going on at the same time in Prayagraj, you can observe the Indian culture, the face of a changing India and also a New India on these occasions.”

In the event, Modi said that issues such as global economy, sustainable development, climate change and economic fugitives, which are of interest to the entire global community will come up for discussion at the two-day summit that will begin on Saturday.

The event featured a mass yoga demonstration by 600 people, a song by famous Argentine singer Patricia Sosa, chanting of “Om Namah Shivaya” and a short Indian classical dance performance.

Congratulating “The Art of Living” for organising this event, the Prime Minister said that yoga improves the health of both the mind and body.

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Modi also spoke of Argentina’s interest in Indian philosophy, art, music, and dance; and the immense popularity of Argentine football stars, such as Diego Maradona, in India.

The Prime Minister congratulated the Argentine hockey team for winning their first match during the Hockey World Cup held in Odisha.

Narendra Modi is slated to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the G20 summit. (IANS)