India Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is looking forward to more Indians making the Caribbean a tourist destination. Singh's sentiment came during his address on Thursday night at a function hosted in his honour at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Port-of-Spain. He said, "Indians are now travelling around the world. "I do think the Indian diaspora can emerge as a major global network for the tourism and travel trade.
"There are many people of Indian origin on the US mainland who would be happy to come to these islands for business and holiday. There are win-win possibilities in this kind of business activity," he said. Singh said he was happy to participate in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. He said the Commonwealth encompasses countries around the world where people of Indian origin have made a mark. "When I meet people of Indian origin around the world I celebrate our pluralism as much as I celebrate our great civilizational inheritance," he said.
"Indianness is like a large and all-encompassing banyan tree. It offers shade to everyone who comes in search of it. "It has deep roots at home and branches that in turn go to great distances and strike roots there. "India is on the move and is reaching out to the world. In reaching out to people of Indian origin, we are also reaching out to the world. You are, for millions of Indians, the most visible symbol of our own globalisation."