- FAM Tour of Korean Tour Operators to Rajasthan
- KAL Starts Direct Service from Seoul to New Delhi
Jaipur, 19 March: Korea’s leading airlines, Korean Airlines (KAL) has now started direct service 5 times a week connecting Seoul to New Delhi. Korean Airlines is keen to ensure that its current services to India remain viable year-round, for which they want to develop the market for Koreans to travel to India in large numbers. With this objective in mind, the Department of Tourism in association with Embassy of India in Seoul and Federation of Hospitality and Tourism of Rajasthan (FHTR) organized a business meet today in Hotel Grand Uniara in Jaipur with 10 leading tour operators of South Korea.
On the occasion, Additional Chief Secretary, Tourism, Government of Rajasthan, Mr. NC Goel informed the travel trade fraternity of Korea that Rajasthan has registered 17% growth in tourist arrivals in the year 2016. This growth is likely to increase even further in year 2017, as the initial statistics for the months of January and February 2017 indicate.
The delegation are also visiting monuments and tourist places of Jaipur such as City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal and Amber Fort.
It is worth mentioning that Rajasthan Tourism has launched a massive media campaign to attract tourists from domestic markets and overseas.
Motivation for this visit came after Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi visited South Korea.
On the occasion, members of the delegation interacted with the officials of Department of Tourism (DOT), Government of Rajasthan and travel fraternity.
The two-way passenger traffic currently is around the 100,000 pax per year. The tour operators are exploring parts of India including Rajasthan for which the Korean tourists can make their travel plans. This will enable for India tour packages to be sold by premium tour operators in Korea.
It is to be recalled that Korea represents a large and unexplored premium tourist market. An astonishing 20 million tourists travelled abroad from Korea in the year 2015 which is nearly 40% of the total population of the country.