G-20 meetings are planned to be held at 55 places in the country in different states.
During the meetings, among other places, importance will be given to metros, state capitals, important tourist places.
New Delhi. From metros to small towns, including cities like Khajuraho with rich history and natural beauty, India plans to hold G20 meetings at 55 locations across the country during its annual presidency. Top officials of the tourism ministry have said that the idea of choosing historical sites for the meetings, among other places, is to “underscore the importance of heritage sites”. In this regard, a senior official told PTI-language, ‘These meetings are planned to be organized at 55 places of the country in different states. We will give importance to metros, state capitals, important tourist destinations, among other places.
India is expected to hold over 200 meetings of the influential grouping during its annual presidency, culminating with an annual summit on September 9 and 10 next year. These 55 places will also include Tier-2 and Tier-3 cities, which have picturesque landscapes and are rich in cultural heritage, the official said. He said, ‘Therefore, we are having one meeting in the Rann of Kutch, one in Siliguri, there will be meetings in Hampi and Khajuraho also.’
The ruins of Hampi in Karnataka and the group of temples at Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh are one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India. Asked whether any G20 meetings would be held near heritage sites, the official said, “The meetings will be held in convention halls or similar establishments.” But, they (participants) can be taken there for programs. So, maybe there are programs or tours to highlight the importance of these heritage sites.
Officials said the meetings will be held in metropolitan cities like Delhi and state capitals, but smaller cities are also being included to give participants a more diverse and enriching experience. India will chair the G20 for a period of one year from December 1, 2022 to November 30, 2023. Union Tourism Secretary Arvind Singh recently said that India plans to establish itself as a “major tourist destination” during the G20 presidency.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : October 17, 2022, 17:47 IST