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Silk Road makes a comeback: Even freight trains are promoting the Silk Road

The Silk Road tourism project represents an astonishing international comeback for this historic route. More or less as the “new Silk Road“, this network of historic trading routes with its many different branches is not only helping to boost tourism but is also having an impact on business and science in the region, as well as encouraging political cooperation and easing visa restrictions. This is one of the important outcomes of the 9th Silk Road Ministers’ Meeting at the ITB Berlin Convention.

Silk Road: A highway for the whole world

The historic Silk Road “has made enormous progress in recent years”. These were the words of the Secretary-General of UNWTO, Zurab Pololikashvili, speaking during the project’s 8th Ministers’ Meeting at the ITB Berlin Convention.

India: Strong growth and new ideas

India’s tourism industry is optimistic about the future and has ambitious plans. Speaking in front of the press at ITB Berlin, Minister Alphons Joseph Kannanthanam, who is also responsible for tourism, intends to double revenue from tourism and the number of tourists visiting India from around the world in the next three to four years. To do this his team will be launching several new campaigns.

Experience India live – at ITB Berlin 2017 or now even easier with an eVisa on site

Indien-Stand, ITB Berlin 2017

India's strong presence of around 50 exhibitors at ITB Berlin 2017 shows once again how important the German travel market is for the subcontinent. Unique cultural performances, such as the traditional Navrati and Holi festivals, bring visitors closer to Indian culture. A special programme highlight will be the performance of popular singers Lovely & Monty on Saturday, the first day open to the public. They will sing a special "Incredible India" version of their song "Wenn Du." Even Bollywood dancers will add to the Indian flair that day.

India: New economic revival through e-Visa

Incredible India

Queues in front of the embassy?  For travellers to India, that should be a thing of the past.  The electronic tourist visa system should be valid for 150 countries starting immediately, explained Vinod Zutshi, State Secretary in the Indian Ministry of Tourism, at ITB Berlin.  "We have expanded the e-Visa to all major travel destinations," said Zutshi.  The visa can be applied for directly online and costs about $50 including fees.