Canadian Government To Attract More Indian Travelers, Tourism Minister Visits India

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By IBTimes Staff Reporter | February 27, 2013 8:55 PM EST

Under the aegis of Stephen Harper's government, Canadian Tourism Minister Maxime Bernier is away to India for attracting more Indian travelers in coming months.

Maxime Bernier who was heading the delegation to India Tuesday met with his Indian counterpart K. Chiranjeevi where the two tourist ministers vowed to promote joint venture investments in the field of hotel management and tourism.

"Canada and India have long-standing bilateral relations, built upon shared values of democracy and pluralism, and strong people-to-people links," said Maxime Bernier in a press release.

"Our relations are strengthened through travel, trade, education and immigration, which encourage mutual respect and understanding," said Bernier.

The delegation is promoting Canada as destination of choice for Indian travelers in the Indian capital New Delhi and Jaipur, some of India's best tourism places.

"As market share for tourism becomes more competitive internationally, our government is working to position Canada's tourism industry to seize new opportunities in emerging markets like India," said Bernier adding, "We are working with industry to welcome even more Indian travelers this year to create jobs and growth in Canada, while deepening our relationship with our Indian visitors."

In an effort to promote two -way tourism between the two countries, the two ministers also discussed possibilities to sign an agreement or memorandum of understanding, according to ANI.

As Canada is India's one of primary source markets, Canadian tourists to India have increased noticeably over the last few years.

While promoting Canada as travel-destination for the Indian tourists, the federal government is considering reducing a number of travel barriers for its foreign travelers.

Tourism Minister Bernier is accompanied by David Goldstein, President and CEO of Tourism Industry Association of Canada; Arun Pandeya, General Manager-India, Air Canada; and a number of others including Gopal Rao, the Regional General Manager, South West Asia, InterContinental Hotels Group.

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