Senior Sri Lankan and Indian ministers have agreed to strengthen bilateral cooperation in their countries’ tourism sectors.
This agreement was reached during a meeting in New Delhi yesterday between Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa and the Indian Tourism and Urban Poverty Alleviation Minister Kumari Selja. They have also decided to exchange information and expertise on urban poverty alleviation programmes. The Press Trust of India reported that the Indian Minister suggested cooperation in the fields of human resource development, destination management and promotion in the tourism sector. She called for stronger linkages between various stakeholders such as travel and tour operators and hoteliers in the two countries.
For his part, Basil Rajapaksa evinced keen interest in India’s housing and urban poverty alleviation programmes. He opined that both countries had to cope with growing urbanization and could exchange information on matters relating to slum development and street vending management to make life better for the urban poor.