India & Republic of Korea sign MoU for strengthening cooperation in Tourism
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India & Republic of Korea sign MoU for strengthening cooperation in Tourism

New Delhi, Nov 5: The Ministry of Tourism signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Government for the Republic of Korea for strengthening cooperation in the field of Tourism here on Monday.

Union Tourism Minister K J Alphons and Mr Do Jong-hwan Korean, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sports, Republic of Korea signed the MoU and officials from the Ministry and their counterparts from the Korean side were also present during the signing ceremony.

The MoU was signed by two parties desiring to strengthen and further develop the established relationship for strengthening cooperation in the field of Tourism.

The main objectives of the Memorandum of Understanding include expanding bilateral cooperation in tourism sector, increasing exchange of information and data, encouraging cooperation between tourism stakeholders including Hotels and Tour Operators and establishing exchange programmes for cooperation in Human Resources Development.

The MoU seeks to encourage Investment in the Tourism and Hospitality sectors, exchange visits of Tour Operators / Media / Opinion Makers for promotion of two way tourism and promote safe, honorable and sustainable tourism.

The Republic of Korea is one of the leading tourists generating market for India from East Asia. Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) from the Republic of Korea in 2017 were 1, 42, 383 and during January- September were 1, 08,901(provisional figure).

The signing of Memorandum of Understanding with Korea will be instrumental in increasing tourist arrivals from this source market, according to an official statement here. (UNI)