Events organised by Consulate General of India, Guangzhou
The Consulate General of India in Guangzhou is celebrating the 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas on 9 January 2017.
RBI has released guidelines regarding Extension of deadline for deposit of Demonetized banknotes at RBI ( Mumbai , Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata and Nagpur) for resident Indians abroad till 31 March and NRIs till 30 June 2017.
The Ministry of Tourism has introduced a 24x7 Toll Free Multi-Lingual Tourist Help Line to facilitate visits of foreign tourist visiting India.
International Day of Yoga
The 2nd International Day of India (IDY) in Southern China was celebrated in five cities jointly organized by the Consulate General of India, Guangzhou with the local Municipality governments and other Yoga Institutes.
Bhangra & Gidda Night at Lecong, Foshan on 29th March, 2016
Consulate organises India-China Trade, Investment & Tourism Seminar at Nanning on 17th March,2016
The Consulate General of India in Guangzhou, in cooperation with CCPIT Guangxi and the Tourism Development Commission of Guangxi, organised an ‘India-China Trade, Investment and Tourism Seminar’ at Wanda Vista Hotel in Nanning on 17 March 2016.
The programme included opening remarks by Mr. Y.K. Sailas Thangal, Consul General of India, speeches by representatives from Guangxi CCPIT and Tourism Development Commission of Guangxi, a short documentary film on ‘Make in India’, presentations on India trade & investment, India tourism and sharing of India experience by M/s Liu Gong Machinery Co. Ltd.
Over 150 participants representing the business and tourism sectors in Guangxi attended the seminar.
Meeting of Consul General Mr. Y.K. Sailas Thangal with Vice Governor of Guangxi Province on 16th March, 2016
Consul General Mr. Y.K. Sailas Thangal met Vice Governor of Guangxi Province Mr. Zhang Xiao Qin on 16th March, 2016 and discussed the way forward for cooperation between India and Guangxi Province.
Visit of Consul General to Guangxi Province (28-29 February, 2016)
Indian Cookery Class at Hotel Crowne Plaza on 26th February
The Consulate General of India, Guangzhou, in partnership with Hotel Crowne Plaza organised an Indian Cookery Class on 26th February as part of its ongoing two week long ‘Glimpses of India Festival’, of Indian food, culture, handicrafts and tourism from 19th February to 4th March, 2016.
Consulate organises 'Know India Tourism Seminar' at Guangzhou on 24th February,2016
Consulate General of India in Guangzhou and India Tourism, Beijing organised a seminar titled “Know India Tourism” in Guangzhou on February 24, 2016. The seminar was one among a series of events being organized by the Consulate to promote India as an attractive destination for Chinese tourists and was held on the eve of India’s participation at the Guangzhou International Travel Fair 2016 (GITF 2016) where India Tourism, Beijing is setting up an Incredible India pavilion.
The seminar was attended by senior officials from Guangzhou Tourism Bureau led by Mr. Wu Qingsong, Deputy Director General, officials from Guangdong Tourism Administration, representatives of media organisations, business houses, Indian community members, over 160 travel agents from all over China, representatives from airlines such as Air India, Jet Airways and China Southern, representatives of leading Indian travel agencies participating in Guangzhou International Travel Fair 2016.
Consulate General of India in Guangzhou, Mr. Y.K. Sailas Thangal, in his opening remarks gave an overview of India’s rich history, culture and civilization. He gave them detailed information on wonderful tourism destinations of India, including magnificent architectural heritage, beaches, tropical islands, fauna & flora, hill stations, back water, temples and an array of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Consul General also informed them about India’s strengths in luxury, medical & wellness tourism as well as the spiritual tourism including that of Buddhist circuits. He urged the tour operators to prepare packages which enable Chinese travelers to experience India’s rich and diverse cultural heritage.
Mr. Wu Qingsong, Deputy Director General of Guangzhou Tourism Bureau in his speech dwelled on the need for greater tourist flow between the two countries especially when this year is being celebrated as Visit China year in India.
The seminar also included presentations on various touristic destinations in states, sector-wise opportunities available in India’s booming tourism market, information on simplified visa procedures including eTourist Visa scheme, B2B meetings and raffle draw of 2 return tickets to India sponsored by Jet Airways.
There has been explosion of outbound tourists from China during the last few years and according to China tourism Research Institute about 109 million Chinese travelled overseas in the year 2014 making china as the world’s top source market for tourism. Chinese tourists spending on overseas travel were also estimated to be the highest in the world in 2014 at US$ 164.8 billion. President Xi Jinping addressing the BOAO forum in April 2015 said that Chinese outbound tourist may exceed 400 million in the coming five years.
The Consulate General of India in Guangzhou recognizing the huge potential for attracting Chinese tourist to India has been very active on all front in promoting India and India as the tourism destination. As part of this promotional activities Consulate has proactively participated in all the major tourism promotion fairs, (GITF 2015, Guangdong International Tourism Industry Expo 2015, Sichuan International Travel Expo 2015,) besides being very active on Chinese social media platform. As a result of these efforts, Consulate witnessed 40% increases of tourist flow from China to India in 2015 year when compared to 2014.
The seminar “Know India Tourism” has been organized as part of the continued efforts of Consulate General of India in Guangzhou to create awareness and publicize Indian tourism in China.
Inauguration of Glimpses of India Festival on 19th February, 2016
Consulate celebrates the 67th Republic Day of India at Guangzhou
India-China Friendship Handshake Concert 2015 at Kunming (27 November 2015)
The Consulate General and the People’s Municipality of Kunming City, in collaboration with Rattle & Hum Music Society of Nagaland, successfully organised, the India-China Friendship Handshake Concert at Kunming on 27th November, 2015. The Concert was organised at the prestigious Kunming Theatre which had capacity exceeding 1000 persons which was filled to the brim.
Dignitaries present at the event from Kunming side included Mr. Guan Qing Hua, Acting Mayor (Vice Mayor) of Kunming City; Mr. Kong Can, Head of Yunnan Development Research Institute; Mr. Lu Tian Yun, Director General of Kunming and senior officials from Yunnan FAO and Kunming FAO. From Indian side, Mr. L. Khreihu, Parliamentary Secretary of Sports and Youth and Music Taskforce, Nagaland and Mr. Y.K. Sailas Thangal, Consul General of India, Guangzhou, were present. Diplomatic corps in Kunming (ASEAN and Bangladesh Consul Generals and officials from these Consulates) also attended the concert and appreciated the Consulate’s effort to organise the event.
The artists including, Grammy Award winner and global ambassador of Rattle & Hum Music Society Pt. Vishwamohan who enthralled the audience with his Mohan Veena performance, Guru Rewben, the acclaimed traditional and fusion musician, the Voices of Hope, the first show choir of Nagaland, Tetseo Sisters and the Purple Fusion, a traditional rock band, performed alongwith the Chinese artists from Yunnan Minzu University.
The artists presented different genre of enchanting music with traditional and folk songs, modern rock, fusion and soul searching music played to its perfection during the concert, which mesmerized the entire audience from beginning to the end.
Visit of Hon'ble Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of Tourism and Culture
Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Tourism and Culture (Independent Charge), visited Kunming, Yunnan on 13-14 November where he led India's participation as Guest Country of Honour at the China International Travel Mart (CITM). The CITM is one of the largest travel and tourism events in the Asia-Pacific.
A large Indian contingent comprising officials of the Ministry of Tourism, the Embassy of India in Beijing and Consulate in Guangzhou, the State Governments of Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Nagaland, and Haryana, and industry representatives are attending the CITM. Haryana's representation is led by state Tourism Minister, Mr. Ram Bilas Sharma.
This year is being celebrated as the Visit India Year in China under which a series of initiatives and activities have been held. In May, while visiting China, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a significant policy initiative to extend the electronic visa on arrival facility to China to ease travel to India. This facility is available to Chinese citizens since July this year.
At the CITM, Hon'ble Minister together with China's Tourism Minister, Mr. Li Jinzao and Yunnan Provincial Party Secretary, Mr. Li Jiheng inaugurated the Indian National Pavilion on the opening day of 13th November in the presence of media persons and other participants. Before that, he also delivered a speech at the opening ceremony of the CITM which was also attended by about twenty Ministerial dignitaries from other countries.
Later that day, Hon'ble Minister addressed the India-China Tourism Forum and China International Tourism Symposium jointly organized by the Ministry of Tourism of India and China National Tourism Administration. The Forum brought together over 300 industry and government stakeholders, as well as media and international organizations. Chinese Tourism Minister Li Jinzao, Yunnan Governor Chen Hao, PATA Chairman Kevin Murphy, and UN World Tourism Organization Executive Director Zhu Shanzhong also addressed the plenary session. Hon'ble Minister in his address highlighted India's rich and diverse natural, cultural, and religious heritage which provides unique tourism opportunities. He drew attention to tourism's catalytic role in developing mutual understanding and enhancing mutual trust through expanded people-to-people contacts and in promoting economic development.
Coinciding with India's participation at CITM, an outdoor tourism promotion event called India Fair is also being held at a major city square in Kunming with performances by a musical group from Nagaland, Voices of Hope, Manipuri dance troupe, artisans from Karnataka and Telangana, and yoga demonstrations. An arts and crafts exhibition-cum-sale and Street Food Festival are the other highlights of the India Fair that will run for the duration of CITM. India-specific B2B sessions, Know India Seminars, demonstrations of Indian arts and crafts are being organized at CITM to make Indian participation.
India participates at 118th Canton Fair at Guangzhou
The first phase of the 118 China Import & Export Fair (Canton Fair), the largest biannual China Trade Fair held in Guangzhou, opened at the China Import and Export Complex in Pazhou on 15 October. The formal inauguration of the Fair was held on 14 October at Hotel Shangri-la, Pazhou, attended by high-level dignitaries of Guangdong, including Governor Zhu Xiaodan.
The Federation of Indian Export Organizations (FIEO) has put up an India Pavilion in the International Section of the Fair in which 47 Indian companies are participating. Consul General Shri Sailas Thangal visited the India pavilion on 15 October and interacted with the Indian exhibitors. He asked FIEO to widen Indian participation in the future editions of the Fair and urged the Indian companies to display diverse range of good quality products as well as reach out to potential buyers, both international as well as Chinese, through B2Bs, BSMs and networking events. Consul General assured FIEO and the Indian companies of the Consulate’s support in arranging interactions with potential clients for their products.
Visit of Governor of Guangdong Province of China to Gujarat (15-16 September, 2015)
Governor of Guangdong Province of China, Mr. Zhu Xiaodan visited Gujarat on 15-16 September 2015 at the invitation of Hon. Chief Minister of Gujarat under the Sister-Province Agreement between Guangdong and Gujarat. The Guangdong Governor was accompanied by a high-level official delegation and a 35-member business delegation.
Hon. Chief Minister of Gujarat Mrs. Anandiben Patel received the Governor at Gandhinagar on 15 September and the two leaders exchanged ideas for strengthening economic and investment cooperation as well as people-to-people contacts between Gujarat and Guangdong.
On 16 September, a business and investment promotion seminar was held at Ahmedabad, which was attended by about 100 Chinese and 200 Indian businessmen.
An MoU between Wangat Construction and Investment Holdings Group of Guangdong and Vapi-based Payal Properties Pvt. Ltd. to set up a joint venture to develop an industrial park in Bharuch district was also signed at the seminar.
Visit of Hon'ble Chief Minister of Telangana to Shenzhen from 13-14 September, 2015
India participates at CIFIT, Xiamen from 8-11 September, 2015
India is participating at the China International Fair for Investment and Trade (CIFIT) at Xiamen, Fujian Province of China from 8-11 September, 2015. At the event, a Make in India booth has been set up by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). Besides this, Gujarat and Orissa State Governments have also set up booths to showcase their products and facilitate trade and investment in their States.
Chinese language competition organised by Visva-Bharati University on 29th August, 2015
A Chinese language competition was held at Cheena Bhavana, Visva-Bharati University on 29th August, 2015.
Besides Visva-Bharati University, students from Santiniketan, Central University of Jharkhand, Varanasi Hindu University, Jadavpur University, Kolkata and 5 schools of West Bengal participated in this event.