Tourism Ministers of BRICS countries met at the world-famous temple city Khajuraho for a two-day long conference that began today. Although the ‘BRICS Convention on Tourism’ was scheduled to be inaugurated by Union Tourism and Culture Minister Dr Mahesh Sharma, he could not make it to the event, which is a precursor to the BRICS Summit to be held in Goa on October 15-16. Speaking on the occasion, Madhya Pradesh Tourism Minister Surendra Patwa said tourism would get a major boost with the participation of BRICS nations in this two-day long meet.
“With the participation of all BRICS nations in the meet, tourism will get a major boost in the country,” an official release quoted Patwa as saying.
He said through this event, the state will get experience in boosting tourism. “It is a matter of pride for India that BRICS nations ‘Tourism Ministers’ conference is being held in Khajuraho... In future as well, Madhya Pradesh will get an opportunity to host such events,” he added.
Earlier, Union Tourism Secretary Vinod Zutshi said the purpose of the meet was to enhance tourism with the use of latest technology and information among the BRICS nations.
The tourism representatives of South Africa and China also expressed their views on the occasion. On India’s ‘Atulya Bharat’ campaign, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Bihar made presentations.
Representatives of BRICS countries and Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) delegation also made a presentation.