Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov signed a bilateral tourism agreement with his visiting counterpart from India, Subodh Kant Sahai, intended to double the number of tourists traveling between the two countries within the next three years. Misezhnikov noted that the way to achieve this, among others, is to open additional flights to destinations within India beyond Mumbai, such as Delhi, Calcutta and Goa. The two ministers intend to work with private airlines, each one in his country, in order to promote charter flights between the two countries.
The ministers agreed to establish a joint working forum that will be comprised of representatives from both ministries in order to swiftly implement the decisions in the agreement. Some 40,000 tourists visit each year from India, injecting some $40 million annually into the Israeli economy. India is the largest source country in Asia for incoming tourism to Israel, overtaking South Korea which held this position for many years.