Major push to tourism planned

From launching a new Shatabdi train service between tourist hot spots Agra and Jaipur to expediting facilities like clean toilets, information kiosks and souvenir shops at World Heritage sites and making it easier to get tourist visas are among measures planned to push tourism in India in a major way.

At an inter-ministerial cordination committee meeting for the tourism sector, held on Aug 13 in the Prime Minister’s Office, it was decided that all ministries concerned should work for the development of the sector “which is important for employment generation and economic development”, a statement said on Thursday.

The decisions taken at the meeting include the railways starting the Agra-Jaipur Shatabdi by November this year and the ministry of culture developing essential facilities like tourist facilitation and information centres, souvenir shops and toilet facilities at the 19 World Heritage Sites through an appropriate agency.The panel emphasized that “basic amenities and high standards of hygiene and cleanliness are essential for enhancing quality of experience that the country offers to visitors”.

It also plans to involve state governments and union territory administrations in creating tourist facilitation and infrastructure facilities .

Comments (+)