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SCO Tourism Ministers to meet in Kashi on March 17 & 18, ET TravelWorld News, ET TravelWorld

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India, being the current chair of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), is all set to host the Tourism Ministers’ Meeting (TMM) on March 17 and 18, 2023 in Kashi (Varanasi), which has been designated as the first cultural capital of the SCO.

During TMM, a Tourism Joint Action Plan on the Development of Cooperation in Tourism among SCO member countries would be adopted.

It will be preceded by the 2nd Tourism Expert Working Group (EWG) Meeting on March 14-15, 2023 which will discuss and finalise the Tourism Joint Action before being adopted at the SCO Tourism Ministers’ meet on March 17 in Kashi.

The Joint Action Plan to be discussed during the EWG meeting will include actions relating to promotion of the SCO tourism brand, promotion of the cultural heritage of the SCO member states in tourism, sharing and exchange of information and digital technology in tourism, promoting of mutual cooperation in medical and health tourism, improving the quality of services.

As part of the tourism track activities under India’s chairship, the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India planned various activities such as SCO Tourism Mart during SATTE, the SCO Expert Level Tourism Working Group Meeting and SCO Tourism Minister’s Meeting in Kashi (Varanasi) from March 13 to 18 and the upcoming SCO Food Festival in Mumbai from April 13 to April 19.

Former UP Minister Neelkanth Tiwari said that Kashi was now becoming a spiritual city as well as a city of events, and with the tent city and Ganga Vilas cruise, Kashi was enticing the whole world. Tiwari also suggested the commissioner to work on a uniform and well-planned seating arrangement for the Panda Samaj on ghats, uniform color of boats and uniform dress code for boatmen.

For 2023, India has assumed the SCO Chairship. The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is an intergovernmental organisation founded in Shanghai on June 15, 2001. The SCO currently comprises of eight Member States (China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan), four Observer States interested in acceding to full membership (Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran, and Mongolia) and six “Dialogue Partners” (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Turkey).The eight member countries of SCO represent around 42 per cent of the world population and 25 percent of the global GDP.

“There is an immense tourism potential in the region which can be promoted by increasing awareness about SCO countries. The total Cultural Heritage of the SCO member states, observers and partners include 207 UNESCO World Heritage Sites,” said an official statement.

To showcase this unique product of the region, SCO member countries have decided to designate one city as tourism and cultural capital every year under a rotating initiative. “It is interesting to mention that Kashi (Varanasi) has been designated as the first cultural capital of the SCO under this initiative,” the statement added.

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