Himachal Pradesh to explore sustainable tourism

 

SHIMLA: Himachal Pradesh is reviewing the state tourism policy of 2005 with technical assistance from the World Bank to give more emphasis tosustainable tourism development in the state. Given the prospective growth of tourism inLahaul-Spiti and Kinnaur, a perspective tourism development plan is being prepared for the districts.

Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singhsaid this while presiding over the review meeting of the board of directors of Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC) and tourism and civil aviation department in Shimla on Wednesday.

He said that Wi-Fi system would be provided in entire Keylong regionso that tribal region of the state could be provided communication connectivity throughout the year. Spiti region would also be provided with Wi-Fi connectivity, he said.

Virbhadra Singh also launched the Himachal Tourism online information system for collection of tourist statistics on the occasion. He also launched a SMS-based software, which would help tourists send their queries, suggestions and complaints instantly to the tourism department by sending an SMS.

The tourism department has started a study of Dharamshala-McLeodganj area so that tourism activities could be developed here on a sustainable basis, he said. A master plan and a mobility plan for Chintpurni, Naina Devi and Kangra town would also be prepared soon, he added.

The CM said that Himachal Pradesh had great potential for water sports and efforts were being made to set up house boats and cruises in the Maharana Pratap Sagar and Gobind Sagar reservoir of the state. A mini water amusement park would be set up at Sadhupul in district Solan. The state government would also encourage opening of new hotels and tourist facilities in those backward panchayats of the state which had vast tourism potential, he said.

Virbhadra Singh also directed HPTDC to explore the possibility of opening more camping facilities in its properties given their eco-friendly operations and popularity among the tourists. All modern facilities, including toilets, should be provided in these tents, he told them.

Source / Fuente: timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Author / Autor: timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Date / Fecha: 17/07/13

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