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2 Oct 2013

Cooperation between Québec and India to promote tourism

In Québec City, Ministers Bhujbal and Lisée discussed and renewed the special relation that Québec and Maharashtra have maintained since 2006 (photo Roch Théroux).

The Public Works and Tourism Minister for the State of Maharashtra in India, Chhagan Bhujbal, was in Québec from September 23 to 26, accompanied by the Managing Director of the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation.

The main objective of the visit – in connection with Minister Lisée’s recent mission to India – was to foster the sharing of Québec tourism expertise as well as expertise in the public works sector. Maharashtra is focusing on the tourism sector as an economic development vector.

In Montréal, Minister Bhujbal showed a keen interest in the Québec public-private partnership model, following a presentation by Infrastructure Québec. He also appreciated the design work of the new Montréal Planetarium and the originality of its Space for Life.

Promoting tourism and best practices

At the close of the meeting with Québec’s Minister for Tourism, Pascal Bérubé, a Declaration of Intention on cooperation in the tourism sector was signed. It fosters:

  • sharing best practices in responsible and sustainable tourism
  • sharing resources and services (tourism education, training and exchange of experts)
  • tourism promotion management
  • the development of ecotourism
  • promoting tourism focused on meetings, business travel, conferences and exhibitions.

In addition, representatives from the Indian delegation held meetings with the president of the UNESCO world biosphere reserve of Lac Saint-Pierre and of the Alliance between the SAJE Montréal Centre, the World Centre of Excellence for Destinations and UQAM. The discussions helped identify concrete means of collaboration to implement the Declaration of Intention.

Maharashtra is a priority state for Québec initiatives in India. Its capital, India’s financial centre, has been home to the Québec Government Office in Mumbai since 2008.

Signing of the Declaration of Intention between Ministers Chhagan Bhujbal and Pascal Bérubé (photo Roch Théroux).

Ministère du Tourisme

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