By Andy Sambidge
Major delegation plans to visit Mumbai, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai and Bangalore over next week
After successful campaigns in Europe and the Gulf, Sharjah has turned its focus on the booming Indian tourism market with a week-long roadshow set to kick off on Monday.
The roadshow in India is being hosted by the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority in cooperation with Air Arabia and will hold promotions in major Indian cities including Mumbai, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai and Bangalore.
Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, director general, Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority, said that India is one of the most crucial and promising tourism markets for Sharjah.
Sharjah received more than 123,010 visitors from India last year, registering a 41 percent growth over the previous year.
These numbers are expected to grow steeply in months and years ahead, he said in a statement published by news agency WAM.
Air Arabia now flies to 13 cities in India - Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Goa, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Coimbatore, Kochi, Kozhikode, Trivandrum and Nagpur.
The Sharjah road show in India will begin with Mumbai, the financial capital of the nation and also known as the home of Bollywood, the world’s biggest movie industry.
Next on the agenda is New Delhi (September 16), followed by Hyderabad (September 18), Chennai on September 19 and Bangalore, India’s Silicon Valley, on September 22.
As part of its India campaign, the Sharjah delegation, which includes Golden Tulip and Hotel Copthorne, will hold presentations for media and tourism industry besides individual interactions and meetings with industry leaders, investors and government officials.For all the latest travel news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.