A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, Government of Finland was signed yesterday for strengthening cooperation in the field of tourism. The MoU was signed by Prahlad Singh Patel, Minister for Culture and Tourism (I/C), Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and Minister for Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, Government of Finland Timo Harakka.
A high level delegation consisting of Arto Haapea, Minister Counsellor/DHM and Ritva Koukku-ronde, Ambassador-Designate accompanied the Finnish minister Timo Harakka. Secretary, Tourism Yogendra Tripathi was also present on the ocassion. India and Finland have enjoyed a strong diplomatic and long economic relationship. The two countries now desiring to strengthen and further develop the established relationship have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for strengthening cooperation in the field of Tourism.
Finland is one of the important inbound source market for India. In 2018, 21239 Finnish tourists visited India. The signing of Memorandum of Understanding with Finland will be instrumental in increasing tourist arrivals from this source market.