India, Saudi Arabia to increase cooperation in tourism sector

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New Delhi, Oct 7 (ANI): Union Minister of State for Tourism, Sultan Ahmed, who is currently on a four day official visit to Saudi Arabia, discussed matters of bilateral cooperation in the tourism and hospitality sector and issues of mutual interest particularly with regard to ways and means of increasing tourism in both the countries.

Ahmed held a meeting with Dr. Salah K. Al-Bukhyyet, Vice president for Investment, Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities.

The bilateral cooperation envisages finalizing international executive programme for cooperation.

Ahmed offered India's vast expertise to augment the hospitality sector in Saudi Arabia and to train and enrich the human resources in the sector; and exchange of key personnel to learn from both sides in managing and maintaining heritage sites.

In the long run it was also proposed that the Indian side could set up full-fledged Management cum Training Institute for training Saudi youth in the hospitality sector.

Both sides agreed that these issues will also be discussed during the forthcoming Indo-Saudi Joint Commission meeting to be held in Riyadh on 31st October, 2009

The Government of India Tourist Office (GOITO) Dubai in collaboration with the Embassy of India, Riyadh, has organized the "India Tourism Road Show" in Riyadh during the visit of Ahmed.

There will be a special segment on medical tourism in the Road Show, which is of immense interest for Saudis. (ANI)

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