Dehra Dun: State governments should focus
on developing tourism sector as it does not only generates
revenue but also provides employment to a large number of
people, Union Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahay said on Thursday.
"Tourism not only generates lots of revenue for state
governments but also provides employment to a large number of
people," he said while addressing a conference of tourism
ministers of north-central states at Tehri.
Praising Uttarakhand for being one of the hot
tourist destinations, the minister said that there are many
spots here which can attract tourists in huge numbers.
"The number of people who visit the Great Wall of
China is much more in comparison to those visiting Taj Mahal
and therefore there is a need to bridge the gap by further
developing Agra," Sahay added.
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank
said that his government aims to develop the state as a model
in the tourism sector.
The Centre should not look the state as the one which
has a population of one crore because a large number of
tourists visit Uttarakhand which takes the number of people
present here to more than six crore, he said adding that more
than fifty lakh pilgrims come here just for the `Char Dham
Yatra` every year.
He also urged the Centre to provide further assistance
to the state by looking at its growing population as the state
has to provide basic amenities to the pilgrims also.
In order to develop tourism as an industry in the
state the government has prepared various schemes to attract
private investors," Nishank said.
Tourism ministers of eight north-central states are
participating in the two-day conference being held here.