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Haryana Tourism opens doors to PPP

Haryana has firmed up its plans to work in collaboration with the private sector to promote tourism in a big way.

The tourism department has agreed to take note of the perceptions of the private sector by giving it the leverage to have a say in policy making. A tourism policy is also being formulated for the state which would asses and moniter state tourism for revenue generation.

“The Tourism policy has reached at an advanced stage of approval and would be formulated soon.

We have formed a Haryana Travel Mart on the lines of Kerala Travel Mart wherein we would be promoting everything that attracts tourists whether it falls under the government or private purview. That would generate more employment opportunities also.”

Government of India has also sanctioned Rs 8 crore to Haryana for developing the districts of Panipat, Kurukshetra and Pinjore in a circuit for tourists.

“The total cost of developing the tourism circuit would be around Rs 16 crore. We would also be developing integrated tourist destinations in collaboration with the private players.

Tilyar, Daruheda, Hodal and Karnal would be developed as integrated tourist destinations. Besides, we are promoting golf and farm tourism as well,” Ahlawat further added.

The hospitality industry has also got a leg-up in the state. About 17 hotels would be developed under the public private partnership (PPP) mode by 2010.

Manbeer Choudhary, president, Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Associations of India (FHRAI) said, “So far only the tourist complexes owned by Haryana Tourism were being promoted but now it will be public-private synergy.

Along with the 40 odd complexes of Haryana Tourism, and over 60 members of FHRAI would be included in tourism promotion. We have proposed to the state government to form a Tourism Promotion Board comprising both government officials as well private sector people.

We have been assured our inputs and suggestions in policy making would be considered by the government. Further new hotels and restaurants would be developed under the public-private participation mode to boost tourism.”














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