State governments should focus on tourism sector: Sahay
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Last Updated: Thursday, April 21, 2011, 16:31
  
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.

PTI


First Published: Thursday, April 21, 2011, 16:31


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