Published on : Tuesday, September 29, 2020
In Uttarakhand, tourism is on the rise with the state government constantly enthusing religious and other activities related to tourism over here. The Covid-19 pandemic has absolutely declined tourism but the current condition will get restored quickly once the condition returns to normalcy. The state Chief Minister, Trivendra Singh Rawat explained this at the time of delivering a speech at a webinar arranged by the Tourism Department on World Tourism Day on Sunday.
The CM explained that more and more, theme-based tourist destinations are coming up in each district, emphasizing that it’s a sector which has substantial employment scope. He highlighted the rich variety, resources and biodiversity of Uttarakhand ranging from snow-covered Himalayan peaks and Bugyal meadows to the exotic fauna and quality human resources which pull visitors to Uttarakhand. He stated that Uttarakhand is setting up a snow leopard conservation centre in the district. Also, the government is trying to make year round tourism easy with favorable atmosphere in regard to adventure activities like kayaking, rafting and paragliding. Also, efforts are being initiated to boost up tourism in the borders. With homestays also being encouraged, so far over 2,200 have been registered, added Rawat.
Tourism minister Satpal Maharaj explained that tourism has had a significant contribution in the GDP of the state. Initiations are being made to boost up the local livelihood through pilgrimage and tourism activities.
While mentioning the Covid pandemic, he stated that the government of Uttarakhand is trying to change a disaster into an opportunity. Citing the theme of the World Tourism Day of 2020, Maharaj said that the state government is taking different projects to facilitate rural development with tourism in the mountainous. Tourism secretary Dilip Jawalkar, screenwriter Prasoon Joshi and others also expressed their views on the occasion.