Mr.Maxime Bernier, Minister of Tourism, Canada called
on Union Tourism Minister Shri K Chiranjeevi
here today. Both sides resolved to strengthen cooperation in tourism
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% 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. Numbers of Canadian tourist visiting
India during the last five years were:
Year 2007 2008 2009
No. of tourists 208214 222364 224069 242372 259017
Ministry of Tourism has hosted a total
of 16 journalists, photographers, travel agents, travel writers etc. from Canada during the
year 2011-12 under its hospitality scheme.
14 guests have visited India from Canada during 2012-13(till date).
` India Tourism Office in Toronto takes
care of promotion and marketing of India in Canada. India Tourism Office
participates in Tourism Fair, organize workshops and
seminars to showcase India’s tourism destinations and products to the tour
operators and consumers of Canada. Some of the travel fairs in which India
Tourism Office participates in Canada are: Travel & Vacation Show, World Culinary
Show, Addison Travel Shows, International Travel & Tourism show and Maritime
Show. The Ministry of Tourism organised India Tourism
Road Shows in Vancouver in Sept, 2012.
Both India and Canada can benefit greatly by
sharing experience and know-how in destination management & management of
heritage sites. India could benefit from the initiatives undertaken by Canada
in the field of Adventure Tourism.