Union Tourism Minister K. Chiranjeevi, who called on Artur Mas, President of Catalonia province of Spain in Barcelona, Spain today, invited him to visit India.
Artur Mas on his part expressed his intention to lead a big business delegation from Catalonia to India this year.
Both the leaders acknowledged that tourism sector has immense potential for cooperation and discussed the possibility of enhancing inter-alia trade, scientific, tourism, civil aviation and people to people contacts.
As part of engaging the Indian market, Catalonia Tourist Board plans to organize familiarization trips for the media and trade in May this year.
The Regional Tourism Board, along with Spanish Tourism Board will also organise workshops on tourism in India in September 2013.
A total of 15,000 Indian tourists visited Catalonia in 2011, making India the second largest market after Singapore in the South East Asia region.
Catalonia is also targeting the Indian tourism market with various programmes this year.
Catalonia is the hub of Spanish Tourism. Catalonia alone receives about 23 million tourists every year, and this region's contribution is as much as 20 percent of the GDP of Spain.
According to David Miro, Regional Director (Asia-Pacific) Catalonia Tourist Board, the board will launch its online training and certification programme for the Indian travel and tourism agents, starting from February this year.
The online training and certification programme, which will run for a year, will have five modules comprising regional offerings - 'destination Barcelona', places of interest, accommodation, and diverse travel products, including the culture and heritage of the region.
The objective is to help Spanish Tourism Board promote Catalan region in the Indian market. (ANI)