Published on : Thursday, July 31, 2014
During the 40-minutes meeting, the Indian side was led by the Minister of State for Tourism and Culture, Shri Shripad Yesso Naik and the Minster for Arts, Women’s Affairs and Consumer Affairs for the Australian State of Victoria Ms. Heidi Victoria led the visiting delegation.
Both sides agreed to constitute a Joint Forum of tour operators to encourage and increase of people-to-people contact.
They also agreed to expedite the signing of MoU between the two sides to further strengthen the cooperation in the tourism sector.
Shri Shripad Yesso Naik noted with satisfaction that since the introduction of Dreamliner flight from India to Australia, both connectivity and tourists flow has increased between the two countries.
He invited investors from Victoria to invest in India in the field of hotel industry, tourism and infrastructural development.
He conveyed to the visiting delegation that India allows 100 percent FDI in Hotel on automated basis.
The Minister said, both the countries may like to invite the travel agents,/ tour operators, travel writers/photographers to each other country for promoting their tourism destinations and products.
Ms. Heidi Victoria offered collaboration between the two countries in museum, galleries and teaching institutions.
It was agreed during the meeting that both the sides may exchange the details of the training facilities available in the field of tourism, hotel management, catering technology etc.