Uttarakhand to unveil new policy to boost tourism in the state

The state government of Uttarakhand is working towards unveiling a new policy to give a fillip to the tourism sector in the state.

Uttarakhand is promoting Spiritual Tourism by developing circuits such as Devi Circuit and Shiv Circuit. This year the number of tourist arrivals in the state has already crossed the 17 lakh mark, which reflects the huge potential the state has as a tourist destination, said Satpal Maharaj, Minister of Tourism, Government of Uttarakhand, at the third edition of FICCI ‘Tourism Investors Meet’.

In his inaugural address, Maharaj said that Adventure Tourism, Medical and Wellness Tourism and Culinary Tourism were being developed. In addition to making Uttarakhand a world-class winter destination, the government was planning to set up skiing resorts and was undertaking other such initiatives. He added that homestays were also being promoted to allow tourists to spend time in the lap of nature.

The Minister also stated that funds have been sanctioned by the Central government for construction of all-weather roads and laying down of railway tracks. He urged the industry to invest in the state as it offered immense opportunities and develop the varied tourism destinations.

Dr Jyotsna Suri, Past President FICCI & Chairperson, FICCI Tourism Committee and Chairperson & MD, Lalit Suri Hospitality Group, said that the challenge lies in creating world class infrastructure to significantly increase tourist arrivals and create a strong, unequivocal ‘Brand India.’ She urged the stakeholders to utilise the varied FICCI platforms which were promoting tourism to realise the true potential of this sector.

On the occasion, a FICCI-Yes Bank knowledge report, ‘Investment in Tourism Infrastructure: Igniting India’s Growth Engine’ was unveiled by the dignitaries.