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Posted on Feb 02, 07:27PM | IBNS
Barcelona, Feb 2 : Union Tourism Minister K Chiranjeevi on Saturday called on Artur Mas, President of Catalonia province of Spain in Barcelona.
"Both the leaders acknowledged that tourism has Sector Cooperation and discussed the possibility of immense potential for enhancing trade Inter-alia, science, tourism, people to people contacts and Civil Aviation," Ministry of Tourism said in a statement.
Chiranjeevi invited Artur Mas to India when he expressed his intention to lead big business delegation to India this year from Catalonia.
As part of engaging the Indian market, Catalonia Tourist Board plans to organize familiarization trips for the media and trade in May this year.
The Regional Tourism Board, along with Spanish Tourism Board, will also organise workshops on tourism in India in Sept 2013.
A total of 15,000 Indian tourists visited Catalonia in 2011, making India the second largest market in the South East and South Asia region after Singapore.
Catalonia is also targeting the Indian tourism market with various programmes this year.
Catalonia is the hub of Spanish Tourism. Catalonia alone receives about 23 million tourists every year, and this is as much as 20pc of the region's GDP contribution of Spain.
According to David Miro, Regional Director (Asia-Pacific) Catalonia Tourist Board, the board will launch its online training and certification programme for the Indian travel and tourism agents, starting from February this year.
The online training and certification programme, which will run for a year, will have five modules comprising regional offerings - 'destination Barcelona', places of interest, accommodation, and diverse travel products, including the culture and heritage of the region.
The objective is to help Spanish Tourism Board promote Catalan region in the Indian Market.