The State Government is likely to introduce the State’s first tourism policy later this year. Apart from this, so far, proposals for investment in the tourism sector amounting to more than Rs 500 crore have been received, said the State Tourism and Culture Minister Satpal Maharaj.
Addressing the media, the Tourism Minister said that proposals related to tourism development amounting to a total of more than Rs 600 crore had been received by the State Government. Regarding the tourism policy of the State, he said that final touches were being given to this policy which is expected to be presented to the State Government for final approval in October.
He said that the tourism policy of the State will strengthen focus on aspects like rural tourism, upgradation of existing infrastructural resources and finding new sites to be developed into popular tourist destinations.
The Chaurasikutia cluster of huts near Rishikesh which was visited also by members of the Beatles band among others, will be renovated and developed into a leading destination for yoga and wellness.
Homestays for tourists will be encouraged in rural areas apart from which the State will also focus on developing birdwatching destinations across the State.
The tourism secretary R Meenakshi Sundaram also elaborated on aspects which will be enhanced to boost rural tourism in the State.