Gujarat to tie up with Sri Lanka in tourism sector

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Gandhinagar, Nov 17 (UNI) In a bid to make Gujarat, a global tourist hotspot, the state Government is considering ways to boost cooperation with Sri Lanka in the tourism sector, following the recent visit of Sri Lankan Tourism Minister, Milind Maragoda.

In an interview to UNI, state Tourism minister Jaynarayan Vyas said initially there was no fixed agenda to be discussed with Mr Maragoda but after the meeting with Chief Minister Narendra Modi, it was felt mutually that a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) underlining the possible areas of cooperation for mutual advantage could be drawn up.

Mr Maragoda had extended a warm invitation to the State Tourism Department to sponsor a delegation to visit Sri Lanka to explore the possibilities of collaboration in the areas of a) Attracting investment in tourism sector in Gujarat from Sri Lankan investors. b) Helping Sri Lankan Tourism to make their Ram Sita Trail popular in Gujarat and link this trail with some of the spots of Ramayan, available in Gujarat, like Shabri Dham, Pampa Sarovar, Anjani Kund, Unai c) To use places related to Buddhism in Gujarat to attract Sri Lankans as such places may be of immense interest to general Buddhist devotees of Sri Lanka and its noted scholars.

The delegation also explored the possibilities of promoting beach tourism in coastal Gujarat especially in the Saurashtra Coast as a joint.

They also focused on promoting tourism and hospitality sector between Sri Lanka and Gujarat to strengthen the economic and cultural ties between Sri Lanka and India.

Mr Vyas said that Gujarat is interested to use this opportunity for promoting similar interaction and cooperation with other SAARC countries. ''It is my sincere belief that this is the need of the hour for promoting international tourist traffic into Gujarat thereby making the State as a major tourist attraction globally''.


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