India, Mexico agree to cooperate in tourism sector
New Delhi, August 17, 2010
India and Mexico today agreed to promote cooperation between the two countries in the tourism sector and look at renewing the agreement they signed in this regard in 1996.
This came about at a meeting Union Tourism Minister Kumari Selja had with a five-member Mexican delegation led by Minister for Tourism Gloria Guevara here.
Ms Selja told the visiting delegation that India deeply admired the uniqueness of Mexican culture and heritage which had been preserved and conserved over the years. She said, the diplomatic relations between the two countries should be strengthened by exchange of ideas for tourism development and promotion, exchange of visits by travel and tour operators, travel media, opinion makers, holding of road shows and food festivals in each other's country.
Ms Selja said the two countries should exchange best practices in the tourism and hospitality education sectors for Human Resource Development. She also suggested student exchange programmes.
The Minister said the Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR) was planning to open an Indian Cultural Centre in Mexico City and it would be an excellent platform for promoting Indian culture, cuisine and arts in Mexico. She said a Festival of India in Mexico had also been proposed for next year in which the Ministry of Tourism would focus, among other things, on yoga and wellness tourism.
Ms Guevara lauded the success of the "Incredible India" tourism campaign and overseas marketing. She praised the manner in which the government and the private sector efforts were being synergised in India to promote the tourism sector. She also appreciated the quick recovery of the tourism sector in India after the recent global economic slowdown. She invited Ms Selja to attend the International Fair on Cultural Tourism in Mexico in November 2010.
The Mexican Minister and her delegation are scheduled to visit Agra tomorrow to see the Taj Mahal, an official press release added.