Published on : Friday, November 24, 2017
In West Bengal, public funding in the tourism sector has gone up from Rs. 35 crores to Rs. 400 crores in the last six years, and that is indeed a huge development opportunity, according to Manish Jain, secretary, tourism Department and Planning, Statistics and Programmme Implementation Department, West Bengal.
Mr. Jain further stated that West Bengal is gifted with various elements of tourism like religious, cultural, adventure and medical tourism making it a preferred destination for travellers from around the world. With the increase in public funding, the state has witnessed a 20% growth in its tourist population in recent times.
Mr. Jain further stated that West Bengal has one of the best hotel occupancy rates in the country – Kolkata has 3000 high end hotel rooms with a phenomenal occupancy rate of 70.
During the Durga Puja in 2017, West Bengal saw about 2000 foreign visitors.
West Bengal is undertaking some major tourism projects in Gajoldoba in North Bengal, Jharkhali in the Sunderbans and also coming up with a convention centre in New Town.
“The West Bengal State Government is partnering in initiatives like Travel East with the purpose to promote tourism in the state,” Mr. Jain said.
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