NEW DELHI || A Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, Government of Finland has been signed for strengthening cooperation in the field of Tourism, an official said.
The MOU was signed by Prahlad Singh Patel, Minister for Culture and Tourism and Minister for Economic Affairs and Employment, Government of Finland Timo Harakka on Thursday. A high-level delegation consisting of Arto Haapea, Minister Counsellor/DHM and Ritva Koukku-Ronde, Ambassador-Designate accompanied the Finnish minister.
India and Finland have enjoyed a strong diplomatic and long economic relationship. The two countries now desiring to strengthen and further develop the established relationship have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for strengthening cooperation in the field of Tourism.
Finland is one of the important inbound source markets for India. In 2018, 21239 Finnish tourists visited India. The signing of Memorandum of Understanding with Finland will be instrumental in increasing tourist arrivals from this source market.
The signing of Memorandum of Understanding is expected to establish the basis for a cooperative relationship to encourage and promote successful bilateral cooperation in the field of tourism, sharing data, knowledge, expertise related to tourism and sharing experiences in making polices, regulation and standards in planning, implementation and development of tourism policy, encouraging development of partnerships in the context of multilateral development programs and projects of international Financial Institutions, in which both participants have common interests.