India, the leading Asian destination for African outbound tourists, is
targeting Eastern and Southern African countries as source markets for religious, medical and educational tourists exchange.
Tanzania has been counted among leading source of tourist exchange with India, as is South Africa, the leading African destination for Indian tourists and outbound tourists to India.
Indian Tourism Office in South Africa is currently coordinating and running tourism marketing campaigns across Southern and Eastern Africa, aimed to attract visitors to India through an exchange programs which will see Indian tourists flock to Africa as well.
Manas Pattanaik, the Tourism Director from the Indian Ministry of Tourism said Tanzania is among the biggest tourist source market for India.
Pattanaik said Africa stands a target for Indian tourists as well, and his office has been working hard to promote tourist exchange programs between India and Africa.
North India is the leading tourist site with pilgrim centers and where devout Sikhs, Hindus, Muslims and Christians converge to pray and sacrifice for their Gods.
Tanzanian foreign mission in India has been lobbying for some Indian airlines to offer direct flights as part of efforts to increase tourist flow to Tanzania. Air India used to offer direct flights to Dar es Salaam but terminated its flights to Tanzania 15 years ago.