Monday, September 24, 2012

India, Philippines Hope to Boost Tourism

Top Asian holiday destinations, India and the Philippines will be working together to push their tourism interests. Media reports disclose that both countries will be promoting tourist activities and look for newer opportunities in the tourism industry. Education, promotion, marketing and destination development are some of the key areas that these nations plan to work on to meet their objective. The two nations had signed an accord in 2006 for tourism cooperation.

India and the Philippines would also be looking at ways to strengthen flights services between the destinations. A rise in the number of flights on the route is likely to push up tourist traffic, offering more and flexible flight options to travellers. Even foreign travellers in India or Philippines will be able to pick from more flights alternatives when it comes to travelling to the other destination. Both these countries are highly popular among European vacationers and entice many to take flights and look for twin centre holidays.

It is believed that rise in tourist traffic between the two countries would also strengthen the bilateral relations.

Over the years, there has been a steady hike in the number of tourists taking flights to India from the Philippines. In the year 2008, 17,222 travellers took flights to India from Philippines. The number went up to 21,987 and 24,534 in 2009 and 2010, respectively.

In 2011, India extended the Visa on Arrival (VoA) for tourists taking flights from Philippines.

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