Indian Jews 521.
(photo credit: COURTESY TOVA AHARON-KASTIEL)
Tourism Minister Stas Meseznikov set out Sunday for a round of meetings with ministers and leading industry officials in India’s tourism industry.
This is the first time since 1993 that an Israeli tourism minister has visited India.
During the visit, the minister will meet with Indian Tourism Minister Subdoh Kant Sahai, in Delhi, to discuss tourism traffic between Israel and India, tourism opportunities and the increase in tourism from India over the last few years.
Meseznikov is expected to meet with the Indian Aviation Minister and the CEO of Air India to discuss the aviation rights of the Indian company to Israel. Air India is the only Indian airline that has the right to fly to Israel but has yet to open up a route.
The minister was accompanied by director-general of the Ministry of
Tourism Noaz Bar- Nir, officials from the ministry’s Marketing
Administration, and representatives from the tourism industry, including
Arkia CEO Gadi Teffer, El-Al Asia Manager Yair Barbie and Dan Hotels
CEO Ami Federmann.
Throughout the week-long visit, Meseznikov will meet with members of the
Jewish community in Delhi and Mumbai, including a visit to the Chabad
House. He will also meet with members of the Christian community and
take part in a series of interviews with print media and various Indian
From the beginning of 2011 through July, over 22,000 tourists from India
entered Israel. The Ministry of Tourism has placed India as a leading
target in Asia.
“India is a new and developing market that has increasingly begun to
visit Israel, and the massive potential of this market has yet to be
realized,” Meseznikov said.