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India, Oman MoU on tourism soon

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The News Bureau, Jan 29

The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has given approval to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for strengthening cooperation in tourism between India and the Sultanate of Oman.

The MoU is to expand bilateral cooperation in tourism, exchange information and data related to tourism and to encourage cooperation between tourism stakeholders including hotels and tour operators among others.

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The MoU would allow exchange of cooperation in Human Resource Development, to invest in the tourism and hospitality sectors, to exchange visits of tour operators / media /opinion makers for promotion of two way tourism.

India and Oman have enjoyed a strong historical and long economic and political relationship. The Sultanate of Oman is a strategic partner of India in the Gulf region and an important interlocutor in the bilateral, Arab Gulf Cooperation Council, the Arab League and the Indian Ocean Rim Association contexts.

Two countries are linked by geography, history and culture. Both countries also enjoy warm and cordial relations, which can be ascribed to historical maritime trade linkages, intimacy of the Royal family with India and the seminal role of the Indian expatriate community in the building of Oman.

Oman has emerged as an important tourism source market for India in the West Asian region. During 2013, India received 62,252 visitors from Oma

an.Similarly India has emerged as one of the important source markets for Oman in tourism.

India and Oman would like to create an institutional mechanism for enhancing cooperation in this sector.The signing of the MoU would further strengthen relationship between the two countries.

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