India organizes 'India by the Nile' festival to boost Egypt's tourism
02 Apr 2015
  • 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.

  • 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.



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