Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said only six per cent of foreign tourists in India are from the SCO countries and this number could easily be "doubled" as he underlined the need to boost tourism among members of the grouping.
He said that India's foreign tourism from the SCO countries just constitute for 6 per cent, which he said could easily be doubled.
"Increasing awareness of our shared cultures can help boost this number. We will organise a SCO food festival and a Buddhist festival in India," he said.
It is for the first time the Indian prime minister is attending the SCO summit after India along with Pakistan became full-fledged members of the grouping, jointly dominated by China and Russia, which has been increasingly seen as a counter to NATO.
The SCO currently has eight member countries which represents around 42 per cent of the world's population and 20 per cent of the global GDP.
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