Gujarat Tourism to introduce new Tourism Policy by year end

gujarat_tourism_logoAccording to news reports, Gujarat Tourism will unveil a new Tourism Policy by the end of this year. The new policy will focus on infrastructure development and on bringing in more participation from the private sector. This information was provided by Vipul Mittra, Principal Secretary, Tourism, Civil Aviation, Pilgrimage & Devasthan (Industries & Mines Department) Government of Gujarat, at the Gujarat Tourism Travel Meet roadshow in Mumbai yesterday, conducted by Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Ltd (TCGL) to promote diverse tourism offerings through the ‘Khusboo Gujarat Ki’ campaign, in Maharashtra. The Meet witnessed participation of around 40 suppliers from Gujarat, comprising hoteliers, resort owners and tour operators who interacted with a large number of travel trade members from Mumbai. Festivals like Monsoon Festival in Saputara, Rann Utsav in Kutch, Navratri Festival and International Kite Festival were promoted at the Meet.

Addressing the media at the Meet, Saurabhbhai Patel, Minister for Tourism and Industry, Government of Gujarat, said that the focus is on bringing in more investment for the hotel sector. “Apart from infrastructure projects like the Gir Interpretation Zone Ambardi in Amreli, we are currently planning to develop home stay facilities close to the Gir Wildlife Sanctuary as we want tourists to experience the local flavour of daily life in Gujarat while they visit the world-famous sanctuary,” informed Patel. He added, “The government has granted us a fantastic budget of Rs 400 crore for tourism development and we plan to use this to develop tourism infrastructure, as well as promote Gujarat’s offerings domestically and abroad.” The Meet was also attended by Kamlesh Patel, Chairman, TCGL, and Sanjay Kaul, Managing Director, TCGL.

Shedding light on the focus of the new Tourism Policy, Mittra said that it will be private, sector-friendly and encourage them to invest in Gujarat’s tourism development. “We want to strengthen the infrastructure to match up to international standards. We are working on bolstering the hotel room capacity. From the current figure of 20,000 rooms, we aim to raise it to 80,000 rooms in a couple of years. We want to add more theme parks and resorts and also want to develop roadside amenities in the state,” informed Mittra.

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