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Signing of MoU between India and Oman in Tourism
Jan 31, 2015

The Union Cabinet has given its approval to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Oman or strengthening cooperation in tourism. India and Oman have enjoyed a strong historical and long economic and political relationship. The Sultanate of Oman is a strategic partner for India in the Gulf region and an important interlocutor in the bilateral, Arab Gulf Cooperation Council, the Arab League and the Indian Ocean Rim Association contexts.

Main Objectives

  • To expand bilateral cooperation in the tourism sector.

  • To exchange information and data related to tourism.

  • To encourage cooperation between tourism stakeholders including hotels and tour operators.

  • To establish exchange programme for cooperation in Human Resource Development.

  • To invest in the tourism and hospitality sectors,

  • To exchange visits of tour operators/media/opinion makers for promotion of two way tourism.

  • To exchange experiences in the areas of promotion, marketing, destination development and management.

  • To participate in travel fairs /exhibitions in each other`s country and,

  • To promote safe, honourable and sustainable tourism.


Background: In recent years Oman has emerged as an important tourism source market for India in the West Asian region. Considering the mutual benefits, both India and Oman would like to create an institutional mechanism for enhancing cooperation in this sector.

During 2013, India received 62,252 visitors from Oman. Similarly India has emerged as one of the important source market for Oman in the field of tourism. The signing of the MoU will further strengthen and further develop the established relationship between the Ministry of Tourism, Government of the Republic of India and the Ministry of Tourism, Government of Oman for strengthening cooperation in the field of tourism on reciprocal basis.

 


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