Tourism ministers from countries in the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) have pledged to work together to promote tourism industry in the region.
Delegates from IORA member states. [Photo/thehindu.com]
In a two-day meeting held last week at Savoy Resort and Spa in Seychelles under the theme Tourism and Travel within the IORA
, the ministers promised to work together to achieve a common tourism goal while observing the environmental rules, regulations and requirements of the member states and UN/ international organizations.
An accord termed the Seychelles Declaration was approved and adopted at the end of the first ever IORA Tourism Ministerial meeting to help in crafting a way forward for the region.
The accord declares that member states among them Mauritius, Seychelles, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania, and Malaysia recognise that the numerous facets of tourism in the Indian Ocean Rim region should be developed and optimised in a sustainable way.
The ministers also pushed for the marketing of adventure tourism, business tourism, coastal tourism, cruise tourism, safari and wildlife tourism, medical tourism, eco-tourism, cultural tourism, underwater tourism, youth tourism and spiritual tourism in the region.
Speaking to the media after the official opening ceremony of the meeting, Seychelles Principal Secretary for Tourism Anne Lafortune said each country of the association has their own strategies and objectives for their tourism industry, but the Indian Ocean Rim Association wants to help these countries to promote tourism as one goal.
The delegates further agreed that cruise tourism strategy needs to be developed as part of the overall tourism strategies and that member states should consider the opportunity for the development of small cruise vessel tourism.
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