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The Government of India’s move to allow fully vaccinated foreign tourists to visit India is a welcome step and will provide a fresh lease of life to the exhibitions and events industry as well as travel, hospitality and aviation sectors.

„It would be useful to consider opening up scheduled commercial flights for fully vaccinated people.“

Anbu Varathan, Director General & CEO, Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC) and IMTMA and President, UFI

Welcoming the government move to open up international and domestic travel, Anbu Varathan, Director General & CEO, Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC) and IMTMA and President, UFI said, “With the massive vaccination programme, things are expected to normalise by end of this year. With the pace of vaccination, I presume that around 70% of the population of the country will be fully vaccinated by the end of 2021. It would also be useful to consider opening up scheduled commercial flights for fully vaccinated people from countries that mutually agree to recognise and share vaccination data. This will encourage both tourists as well as business visitors to make their travel plans ahead of the year-end tourism, exhibition and events season. Opening up scheduled flights will provide a strong vote of confidence in India’s vaccination drive, and assure visitors of safe travel within India.”

The Indian Exhibition Industry which organises around 550 events has started to open up and organise shows once again. A few exhibitions have already been held in Delhi, NCR and Bangalore. BIEC has hosted the India International Jewellery Show Premiere 2021 from September 15 to 19, 2021, one of the top 5 gems and jewellery shows of the world. The show was organised following all the safety protocols laid down by the government and was a grand success. More exhibitions are in the pipeline to be organised at BIEC.

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