Introduction - Tourism


Cooperation in tourism sector has immense possibilities for intra-IBSA as well as third country tourism. Tourism could further their stated goal of extending South-South cooperation, generating revenues and leading to greater people-to-people contacts. Cooperation in Tourism aims to establish exchange programmes between the students and faculties of leading professional training institutions in the tourism sector. Also, with their huge bio-diversities the three could also share best practices in eco-tourism and tourism held great potential for bringing the three partners closer.

India hosted the first IBSA JWG meeting on Tourism Cooperation at Kochi, India on 21 September 2008. The meeting was followed by a workshop for tour operators and senior Government officials from all three countries. In the first meeting, views were exchanged on establishing a mechanism to encourage tourism resources; understand the dynamics of tourism sector in each country and to share experiences.

IBSA Tripartite Agreement on Tourism Cooperation was signed during the third IBSA Summit in New Delhi on 15 October 2008. As per the proposed Action Plan during the Joint Working group meetings, Workshop on Beach Tourism, National Parks and Eco-Tourism and Rural Tourism were conducted by IBSA Countries.

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