New Delhi, Dec 4 (UNI) With the number of Indian tourists expected to increase by 15 per cent in 2008, the National Tourist Office of Spain today said it will open their first-ever South Asia office in Mumbai.
''The National Tourist office in Spain plans to drastically increase its promotional budget in India during 2008. During the last few years, the budget allocation for the Indian market was increased by 90 per cent,'' Spain Tourist Office said in a statement.
Keeping in view the increasing travel traffic movement from different travel segment, the air-service agreement between India and Spain has been re-negotiated.
The new agreement offers a more flexible and legal framework for Indian and Spanish airlines to operate flight with commercial viability, including the new fifth freedom traffic flight, the statement added.
Jet Airways has announced commencement of its operation to Madrid via Brussels and Qatar Airways will increase the number of flights from India to Madrid via Doha, the statement said.
Most of the major tour operators in the country offering packages to Europe include Spain in the brochure, emphasising on city breaks in the cities of Madrid, Barcelona, Serville, Malaga and Valencia.