Some interesting, new figures on tourism in India

„In 2012, India received 6.58 million foreign tourists, up 4.3 per cent over the previous year. India’s foreign exchange earnings in 2012 from tourists were USD 17.74 billion, showing an increase of 7.1 per cent year on year.

„India’s share in the international tourist receipts in the year 2012 was 0.64 per cent with overall ranking of 41. The country’s share in international receipts in the year 2012 was 1.65 per cent with overall rank of 16.

„Foreign exchange earning from tourism during January to August 2013 were USD 12.025 billion with a growth of 6.7 per cent, as compared to USD 11.273 billion year on year.“

The same report also suggests that India is considering granting visa-on-arrival, amongs others, for German citizens.

Source: „India intends to extend visa on arrival for 40 countries including US and UK“ (Oct. 6, 2013,

Speech Manuscripts of the Senate Reception to the India Week Hamburg 2013

bild-india-week-logoFollowing some requests by members of German-Indian Round Table (GIRT) Hamburg we are making available speech manuscripts of the Senate Reception to the India Week Hamburg 2013:

Hindi language trip to India

University of HamburgThe Department of Indian and Tibetan Studies, University of Hamburg, Germany, in cooperation with the Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University, Wardha, India, offers a language trip to India, from February 10th – 28th, 2014 for students and non-students of Intermediate and advanced level Hindi who are interested in improving and enhancing their proficiency in Hindi.

Download detailed information & the registration form, as PDF, 588 KB

For any further information:
Dr. Ram Prasad Bhatt
University of Hamburg
Dept. of Culture & History of India & Tibet
Alsterterrasse 1. 20354 Hamburg. Germany
Tel: 040-42838-3388, -3385; Fax: 040-42838-6944

„Indian Firms in Germany: Recent Developments and the Road Ahead“

Between August 2012 and July 2013 Indian firms continued to scale up their investments in Germany. We could observe some significant investment projects in the reporting period. Seeking access to technology and patent portfolios is increasingly driving Indian investments in Germany even as Indian firms try to augment their in-house R&D capabilities in order to compete on innovation. On the flip side, Indian firms often struggle to integrate themselves in the local eco-system and to fully benefit from the national, regional, and sectoral innovation systems in Germany.

An article by Dr. Rajnish Tiwari, in the Annual Report 2013 of the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce, p. 119-123.

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Invitation: India Hamburg Smart Cities and Renewable Energy Convention

September 11th – 13th, Hamburg, Germany

After consulting the General Consulate of India in Hamburg Germany and other local stakeholders, the Renewable Energy Hamburg Cluster Agency prepared the three day “India Hamburg Smart Cities und Renewable Energy Convention” in connection with the India Week Hamburg 2013 for you.