Tanzania seeks India's help in developing tourism infrastructure

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New Delhi, Jun 18 (UNI) Impressed by India's phenomenal strides in the tourism sector, Tanzania today sought New Delhi's assistance in developing its own hospitality sector through training of manpower and creation of infrastructure.

Tanzania Natural Resources and Tourism Minister Shamsa S.

Mwangunga, who called on Tourism and Culture Minister Ambika Soni here, said her country enjoyed a rich cultural bondage with India, which could be further strengthened through a greater exchange of ideas and policies to promote tourism in each other's country.

During their 45-minute meeting, the two leaders expressed concern over the rising prices of petroleum products the world over and felt that steps were needed to arrest its impact on the tourism sector.

In particular, Ms Mwangunga sought India's help in developing hospitality sector in Tanzania and also training of manpower. She also also urged Ms Soni to explore the possibility of restoring a direct flight between India and Tanzania.

In this connection, she pointed out that Air India flight to Tanzania now goes via Kenya which was earlier going directly to Tanzania.

Ms Soni assured the visiting dignitary all possible cooperation in the areas where help from India was sought by Tanzania. She also offered Ms. Mwangunga signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two countries in the tourism sector to facilitate greater cooperation.

She also offered invitation to Tanzanian writers and journalists to visit India for better understanding of the tourism sector in the country.

UNI/SKS RL RN2016

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