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India organizes ‘India by the Nile’ festival to boost Egypt’s tourism

  • According to India’s envoy to Egypt, India is
    organizing ‘India by the Nile’, a mega festival, in Egypt to send a message
    that Egypt is safe for Indian tourists despite violent extremist attacks and
    unrest.


    • According to India’s envoy to Egypt, India is
      organizing ‘India by the Nile’, a mega festival, in Egypt to send a message
      that Egypt is safe for Indian tourists despite violent extremist attacks and
      unrest.


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    • Indian Ambassador to Egypt Navdeep Suri told
      PTI, “Egypt’s Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Tourism were impressed with
      India’s commitment to the 18-day ‘India by the Nile’ festival and came on board
      without any hesitation.”
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    • “The proposition we gave last year was
      Egypt is going through a rough patch (and) tourism is badly hurt. Many
      countries have issued advisories against visiting the country,” Suri said.
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    • “We said we are committed to do the
      festival and we won’t go back even if you have the occasional bomb blasts or
      elections,” he said at the Indian Embassy here last night. 
      Tourism is one of the major centerpieces of
      the Egyptian economy.
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    • “We are helping you send the message that
      Egypt and Cairo is safe by and large. It is important that we use culture to
      promote tourism. They loved the argument, they came on board,” he said.
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    • The Indian ambassador said the focus was to
      get in more tourists in Egypt from India by roping in Bollywood megastar and
      Egypt’s most-loved actor Amitabh Bachchan as the chief guest for the festival
      this year stemmed from that.
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    • The festival will also feature performances
      by a Manipuri dance group, yoga sessions and an Indian street food festival.
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