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India and Israel to Enhance Tourism Cooperation
India and Israel have decided to enhance cooperation in Tourism Sector. This was decided at a meeting between Mr. Stas Misezhnikov, Tourism Minister of Israel and Union Tourism Minister, Shri Subodh Kant Sahai held here today. Welcoming the visiting dignitary, Shri Sahai said both the countries can explore the possibilities of cooperation in wellness, spiritual and religious tourism. The Israeli Minister said hoteliers of his country are interested to set up hotels in India. He also requested for more flights between India and Israel. Mr. Stas Misezhnikov invited Shri Sahai to visit Israel.
Both the countries have decided to consider exchanging experience in destination management and promotion. Manpower development will be another area of cooperation between India and Israel. Exchange programme for teachers, students, and exchange of information on teaching modules will be considered by the two countries.
Tour operators and travel agents of both the countries will interact with each other in order to promote two-way tourism between India and Israel. The possibilities for promoting package tours in either of the countries will also be explored by the travel trade of two countries.
Tourist traffic from Israel to India was 40581 in 2009, which rose to 43539 in the year 2010. An agreement between India and Israel on cooperation in the field of tourism was signed in New Delhi in May, 1993. Both the countries have rectified this agreement.
India Tourism Office located in Frankfurt is responsible for promoting India as a tourist destination in the Israeli market. India Tourism Office participates in International Mediterranean Tourism Market (IMTM) which is held in Tel Aviv to showcase India’s tourism destinations and products to the tour operators and consumers of Israel. India is known in Israel as an ancient nation with strong cultural traditions and in popular Israeli perception India is an attractive, alternative tourist destination.