India needs to capitalise on its potential for health tourism, an official has said

A leading Indian official has called on his country to build on its burgeoning reputation as a holiday hotspot and capitalise on its potential for health tourism.

Union tourism minister Shri Subodh Kant Sahai, said: “India has always been known for its rich heritage of wellness traditions and has enormous possibilities to offer to [a] wellness seeker.”

He explained that the Indian system of healing and its associations with Yoga can make health tourism a unique selling point of the Asian country.

The Global Spa & Wellness Summit has already chosen India to be the host country for its annual conference in 2013 and authorities believe this is a significant step to improve the awareness of the holiday opportunities on offer.

In Goa alone, there are more than 40 dedicated yoga centres and ashrams that aim to improve the wellness of tourists and locals alike by offering a variety of courses in the ancient custom.

Written by Nicholas Scott

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