India and Seychelles held a bi-lateral meeting to discuss tourism cooperation. Minister of State for Tourism and Culture, Shri Shripad Yesso Naik and Minister of Tourism and Culture, Government of Seychelles, Mr. Alain St. Ange led their respective sides. During the talks both sides noted the important link that India has with Seychelles in the form of Indian nationals who have been among the earliest inhabitants of this island mostly from Tamil Nadu and later on from Gujarat. Together they constitute around 7% of the total population.
Both sides agreed to hold Road Shows to promote tourism in each other’s country. It was also agreed that both the countries would work towards constituting a Joint Forum of Tour Operators for promoting their tourism destinations and products. They both agreed to organize familiarization tours for media and travel writers to each other’s country.
It was also agreed to the view that a direct non-stop flight between India and Seychelles will promote trade and tourism between the two countries in a significant way. Both the sides decided to consider this suggestion.
The visiting side showed interest in Medical Tourism in India, expertise of India in museums and archives, digitization of records and creative graphic designing. They sought India’s help in these fields. India agreed to consider the request of Seychelles side.
During the meeting, India invited investment from Seychelles in the Hotel sector. India allows 100% FDI in Hotel sector on automated basis. The visiting Minister of Seychelles agreed to explore the possibilities of promoting investment in the field of hotel industry in India.