India and China are in agreement to consolidate bilateral tourism cooperation in the coming times. The same is confirmed by both, Zhu Shanzhong, Vice Chairman, China National Tourism Administration, and Girish Shankar, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India. Tours to India are bound to receive impetus like never before as both the economies are emerging giants in the global world order.
It was also decided that the two countries would continue to conduct student and faculty exchange programmes. Both sides are ready to involve human resource development (HRD) institutes in their respective countries.
Special programs are also to be organized. What’s more, tour operators and travel agents of both countries will be getting an opportunity to interact with each other. In fact, there are immense possibilities whereby more package tours are in the offing.
The impact of the current decision would be positive since it has been backed by the recent FDI policy approval. Along with it, Chinese investment in tourism infrastructure in India could be one of the major areas of cooperation as well. In the wake, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on December 08, 2002.