Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to sign an agreement to boost tourism on his maiden visit to China.
Top sources in the government informed that the Cabinet today discussed an agreement to boost tourism with China.
A top government source said, “Building tourism relationship with China was on agenda in the cabinet meeting on Wednesdsay.”
The PM may also announce e-visa facility to Chinese tourists. The source informed, “It is the PM’s prerogative to take a decision on this.” According to official estimates, China tops the list of highest spendings on international tourism at $165 billion. But while the share of Chinese tourists in total foreign tourist arrivals in India stands at 2.5 per cent (2014), a mere 0.18 per cent of the total outbound Chinese tourists visit the country.
Civil aviation ministry sources said Modi may also announce additional flights to China. At present, only Air India flies to Shanghai. SpiceJet has terminated services to Guangzhou and Jet Airways had stopped flying to Shanghai a few years back.