Himachal cabinet approves new tourism policy to promote adventure tourism
SHIMLA: A meeting of state Cabinet held here today under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur approved the draft of Himachal Pradesh Tourism Policy, 2019.
The move is aimed at holistic development of tourism in the State with special focus on ecotourism, agro organic tourism, snow tourism, lake tourism, adventure tourism, pilgrimage tourism, cultural and heritage tourism, health and wellness tourism, film tourism and MICE tourism (Meeting Travel, Incentive Travel, Conference Travel and Exhibition Travel).
The main objectives of this policy is to promote tourism diversification through theme based development, to safeguard state’s tourism destinations through sustainable interventions, to ensure that sustainable tourism primarily benefits host communities, to build capacity and develop quality human resource for the tourism industry, to provide safe, secure and unique ‘tourism for all’ and to create enabling environment for investments for sustainable tourism, a government official said.
The Cabinet also approved ‘Capital Investment Subsidy’ for tourism projects in under developed areas of the State and grant for access of roads and water supply to tourism units.
In another significant decision, the Cabinet gave its approval to implement ‘Ek Buta Beti ke Naam’ (one plant in the name of girl) with a view to link the sentiments of the communities to foster their commitment to nurture both the girl child and plant.