In a bid to advance tourism interests, India and the Philippines are seeking to work together. Both countries are looking at different ways to encourage more number of tourists to take flights between the two countries.

Top holiday destinations, India and the Philippines are looking to work together to promote tourism interests in both countries.

Online sources reveal that both countries which are popular Asian holiday destinations will be working together to explore new and better opportunities in tourism industry, specifically in the areas of education, promotion, marketing and destination development.

An agreement on tourism cooperation between the two nations was signed in 2006, tell media sources.

The two nations have also agreed to look for opportunities for enhancing the flight connectivity between the destinations. Increased flights on the route is not only going to boost tourist traffic between the two nations, catering the local population but also going to benefit foreign travellers who seek twin centre holidays in these hot spots. Apart from looking at ways to boost flights services, both the countries would be working at promotion and marketing activities such as participation in travel fairs to strengthen tourism industry.

Officials at both ends believe that increase in tourist traffic between the two countries would reinforce the bilateral relations.

Figures reveal that there has been a steady rise in the number of tourists taking flights to India from the Philippines. In 2008, 17,222 flyers booked flights to India from Philippines. In 2009, the figure rose to 21,987 and in the year 2010, 24,534 Filipinos took flights to India.

On its part, in 2011 India extended the Visa on Arrival (VoA) facility to tourist taking flights from Philippines.

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