Published on : Thursday, May 14, 2020
The government of Uttarakhand in India is working hard on a plan to revitalize its tourism, which is one of the key revenue-earning industries of this Himalayan state, post lockdown. Every year, Uttarakhand attracts more than 3.5 crore tourists and pilgrims.
The tourism department of this state has invited suggestions from all hoteliers and resort owners on various steps that could help in reviving the industry, officials said on Tuesday. In the meeting on Monday between the Prime Minister and the chief ministers, Uttarakhand CM, Trivendra Singh Rawat had talked about the impact of the deadly pandemic on tourism. Also, the CM has urged the PM to restart tourism slowly by allowing it in certain areas of the green zones.
To quote the state Tourism Minister, Satpal Maharaj, “The government is definitely working on how to revive tourism as it is time the bread and butter sector for us. We are working on certain plans on how to do it in phases, especially in the green zone areas after the lockdown is lifted.”
Maharaj said, “We have involved the people directly associated in the industry, like hotel and resort owners, by inviting suggestions from them. We have already received some suggestions which we are contemplating while chalking out our strategy.”
By now, the state government said that it is all set to issue sanitisation certificates to all the hotels following the footsteps of Singapore to guarantee the guests that the hotel is sanitized and has no health risk for them.
“I have requested the chief minister to open the temples in green zones areas which will help in bringing daily life back on track,” said Maharaj.
On Monday evening during a meeting with district tourism development officers, the state tourism department secretary, Dilip Jawalkar , said, “Department is planning to give some relaxations to hoteliers and resort owners considering the losses due to the pandemic.”
“We may give concessions in the payment of bills for power and water to them for the lockdown period as the businesses have been totally shut down. We are also focusing on effective implementation of the state’s Veer Chandra Singh Garhwali Self-employment scheme to revive the tourism sector,” said Jawalkar.
Although the government of Uttarakhand is working on plans to perk up its tourism in state but people involved in the industry believe there will be “no business for at least next six months.”