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
- 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.”
- "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.
- "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.
- "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.
- 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.
- The festival will also feature performances
by a Manipuri dance group, yoga sessions and an Indian street food festival.