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78th SKAL World Congress begins in Hyderabad

Hyderabad, Oct 6 (UNI) The 78th SKAL World Congress began HICC, Madhapur here today
The four-day event was witnessed about 600 delegates from 85 courtiers.
Telangana Deputy Chief Minister (Revenue) Mohd Mahmood Ali who inaugurated the congress said hosting this conference in Hyderabad was the significant milestone. “ The state is committed to develop tourism and promote the same in a big way. Telangana Government is committed increase the arrival of foreign tourists to the State from current 2.5 lakh per annum to 10 lakh by the year 2020”, he said.
SKAL International President David Fisher said, Tourism was much more than just going point 1 to point 2.
Today’s traveler was looking at the fuller experience of the place he or she is visiting. They want to explore the local life, cuisine and want to have the feel of the place. For instance, they just don’t want to see the world’s biggest Monolithic Buddha Statue at Hussain Sagar Lake. Besides visiting the place they want to have fuller experience, where and how it is installed, when, where and why etc to have better memories of the place, he explained.
Telangana Tourism Secretary B Venkatesham said 30 per cent of Pharmaceutical drugs used in the world were produced in Hyderabad. The World Famous Kohinoor Diamond was mined in Hyderabad.
Participating in the Twinning Ceremony of Indian SKAL Clubs with American cities Consul General Katherine B Hadda, US Consul General in Hyderabad said this year marks the 2017 US-India Travel and Tourism Partnership Year.
“Throughout this year, we are exploring ways to increase travel and tourism ties between our two countries. The US Mission in India is committed to making this partnership a success.
I take pride in seeing that the number of Indians visiting the United States annually has doubled since 2009. In 2015, for the first time in history, Mission India processed more than one million non-immigrant visa applications in a single year and we have done so again in 2016”, she said.
Speaking further Katherine B. Hadda said, the two way trade in goods and services between the United States and India reached more than USD 115 billion dollar last year. To put this in perspective, she said, 20 years ago, trade between our nation was less than USD 20 billion dollar per year.
The other dignitaries who graced including Prof Himanshu Rai, Celebrity Speaker, David Fisher, SKAL World President, Vijay Mohan Raj, President of Skal Intl Hyd Chapter and Local Organising Committee Chairman.
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