India and Canada have agreed to strengthen cooperation in the tourism sector by identifying areas to work together and explore new opportunities.
The decision for mutual cooperation was arrived at a meeting between Union Minister of State for Tourism K. Chiranjeevi and Canadian Minister for Tourism Maxime Bernier here yesterday.
It was also decided that both the countries will identify areas for working together and explore new opportunities in tourism sector especially in the field of human resource development, exchange of tour operators, investment in the tourism sector and exchange of information related to tourism sector.
The possibility of signing an agreement/MoU between India and Canada was also discussed. It was also agreed that Tour Operators and Travel Agents of both the countries will interact with each other in order to promote two way tourism between India and Canada.
The possibilities of promoting more package tours in either of the countries could also be explored by the travel trade of two countries. Both sides also explored the possibilities of promoting joint venture investment in the field of hotel industry and tourism infrastructural sector.
Now that hotels and tourism sector has been opened for Foreign direct investment up to 100 percent on automatic routes, Canadian investment in tourism infrastructure in India could be one of the major areas of cooperation.
Canada is one of India's primary source markets. Foreign tourist arrivals from Canada to India have increased considerably over the past few years. (ANI)