Lucknow: The Tourism and Culture Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Jaiveer Singh has said that in the tourism policy to be released in the next year 2023, it will be made more attractive from tourism point of view by removing the practical flaws of the tourism policy announced in the year 2018.
Along with this, every effort will be made to remove the problems being faced in the licensing process of the hotel and service sector, industry. He said that by incorporating the suggestions given by the experts of hotels, restaurants, travel and service sector, through the new tourism policy, Uttar Pradesh will be developed as the most favorite destination from the point of view of tourism in the next five years.
The Tourism Minister was addressing a one-day conclave organized by PHDCCI UP Chapter on the topic of tourism and service, role of industry in the development of Uttar Pradesh at Hotel Taj. The conclave was attended by representatives from the fields of Hotel & Hospitality, Industry and Travel. He said that there is immense potential in the tourism sector to promote employment and economic activities. To harness them, the Uttar Pradesh government is focusing on the tourism sector. He said that the tourism industry has a significant contribution to the GDP. Keeping this in view, the Chief Minister of the state Yogi has kept it in his priorities.
Jaiveer Singh said that the tourism sector had a special impact due to the restrictions of the Corona period. Not only India but the entire world’s tourism sector was affected due to the travel ban. Due to this, there was an adverse effect on the business related to transport, hotel, service sector and tourism. He said that there was an increase in tourism activities in Uttar Pradesh after the effect of Corona subsided. He said that India has made progress in every field in the last years. Now this is not the old India, we are living in the new India. Who manufactured two vaccines to protect against corona and supplied the vaccine to save humanity all over the world. The credit for this goes to the vision of Prime Minister Modi of the country.
Jaiveer Singh said that before the year 2017, domestic and foreign tourists did not approach Uttar Pradesh for the safety of life and property. After the year 2017, when Yogi’s government was formed in the state, along with tourism, various development schemes started being implemented rapidly. After Corona, there was an increase of 70 percent in tourism activities in the country, while there was an increase of 76 percent in Uttar Pradesh, in which the hotel and service sector has a special contribution. He said that Hon’ble Chief Minister has taken a pledge to make Uttar Pradesh a trillion US dollar economy. The tourism sector will play an important role in this.
The Tourism Minister said that Uttar Pradesh has various diversities from the point of view of tourism including religious, spiritual, mythological, historical. The state government wants to show it to the whole world. For this, special attention is being given to connectivity along with the development of infrastructure in Uttar Pradesh. Uttar Pradesh Expressway has made a place in the form of a state. Along with this, work is being done for the operation of the heliport for the tourists. Two heliports are scheduled to start next month. He said that after becoming the Chief Minister for the second time, Hon’ble Chief Minister focused on the tourism sector. New experiments are being done in this area. In order to promote tourism, work is being done on the new concept of health tourism, wellness tourism and ODOD along with the formation of Eco Tourism Board. To attract tourists, a plan has also been made to ride 32 old forts, havelis, palaces etc. of Bundlekhand.
Jaiveer Singh said that there are innumerable tourist places and resources in UP to promote tourism. There are many such places scattered in the countryside which have the potential to attract tourists. Work is being done on a plan to promote organic farming within a radius of 5 km along the Ganges from Bijnor to Ballia. Along with setting up of Night Safari in Kukrail, the zoo will be shifted from here to Kukrail Picnic Spot, along with a museum for the war ship retirement from the army will be built on the banks of Gomti, on which all the weapons of the warship will be displayed. This army museum will become a center of attraction for tourists. He said that due to the development of tourist friendly infrastructure, 4-5 lakh tourists are visiting Kashi Vishwanath Temple every day. Hotels and restaurants etc. are also getting benefits from this along with small traders.
Jaiveer Singh said that it is the resolve of Hon’ble Chief Minister that every tourist coming to India should first move towards Uttar Pradesh, therefore emphasis is being laid on providing world class infrastructure facilities to the tourists. He said that projects worth 8 thousand crore rupees were pending at the central level related to the development of Vrindavan, Mathura, Barsana etc.
It was approved by meeting the Union Road Transport Minister Gadkari along with Hon’ble Chief Minister. Now Mathura and Vrindavan will be made grand and divine. He said that Uttar Pradesh is culturally rich, a strategy has been chalked out to promote rural tourism to attract tourists towards its cuisine and village culture.
Principal Secretary Tourism Mukesh Meshram while addressing the conclave said that to promote tourism in the state.