SIDHU BRAINSTORMS WITH EXPERTS TO PUT PUNJAB ON GLOBAL TOURISM MAP

Navjot Singh Sidhu,Punjab

NIK BUREAU

CHANDIGARH:

Punjab Tourism and Cultural Affairs Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu held a marathon meeting with experts to chalk out an action plan for putting Punjab on the global tourism map.

An official spokesman said there were discussions regarding identifying religious, cultural, historical and royal destinations in the State and transforming these into centres of tourist attraction. The issue of formulating a comprehensive tourism policy was also debated upon at length.

Mr.Sidhu said that Chief Minister Amarinder Singh visualises Punjab as numero uno state in terms of tourism which is why the department has been allotted a separate amount for the first time in the budget this year. The minister said that the department is now actively working in the direction of framing a tourism policy which would be announced soon. He also revealed that before

He added that the Tourism Department is now actively working on framing a tourism policy which would be announced soon. Before finalising the policy, a meeting would be held with the Chief Minister in which eminent people like  S.K. Mishra, K.M. Srivastava, Vinod Zutshi, Romi Chopra and Anita Lall would be specially invited. He said that Punjab holds immense potential in terms of tourism keeping in view the numerous historical, religious and heritage spots which need to be further developed for making them attractive to the tourists.

Mr.Sidhu reiterated that Punjab holds immense potential in terms of tourism due to the numerous historical, religious and heritage spots which need to be further developed for making them attractive to the tourists.

He further elaborated that the department is in the process of forming various tourist circuits including Religious, Maharaja, Mughal and Sufi for the facilitation of the tourists. He also outlined his vision for developing Amritsar into an epicentre of tourism.

The focus would be on beautification of the tourist places in the state after their identification, launching a specialised campaign to inspire the tourists to visit these places and making top notch arrangements for their stay and so on.

Among others present in the meeting included Amar Singh, Adviser, Principal Secretary Jaspal Singh, Director Shivdular Singh Dhillon, Chief Executive Officer of the Punjab Heritage and Tourism Promotion Board Pratima Srivastava, Chief General Manager Sandeep Singh Bajwa, Project Co-ordinator S.P. Singh Dhindsa and Manager Project Alka Kapoor.

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