The rich culture and natural splendour of Uttarakhand have for long been attracting tourists. In addition to this, the State Government is working to connect investors and those in the business with the adventure tourism possibilities available in the State.
The State’s Tourism and Culture minister Satpal Maharaj said this at the inauguration of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) adventure travel and responsible tourism conference and mart-2019 at the Ganga Resort in Rishikesh on Thursday.
More than 300 participants from the adventure travel sphere and tourism business from 28 countries were also present on the occasion along with Government of India Tourism secretary Yogendra Tripathi and PATA chief executive officer Mario Hardy.
Maharaj said the purpose behind inviting prominent businessmen in the travel and adventure sectors was also to strengthen the local tourism economy of the State.
The State is working in coordination with the Centre to boost tourism. Citing the example of Kedarnath, he said that after the 2013 disaster, Kedarnath had been rebuilt with the active support of prime minister Narendra Modi.
Appreciating PATA and Adventure Travel Operators Association of India for making the event in Rishikesh possible, the minister said that the State government had decided to host the event in order to take Uttarakhand to new heights in aspects of tourism including adventure tourism.
Tourism secretary (GoI) Yogendra Tripathi appreciated PATA for choosing Rishikesh as the venue of the programme since there are immense possibilities for adventure tourism here.
PATA CEO Mario Hardy expressed hope that the event will help in finding new avenues for adventure tourism and detailed discussion on the subject. Tourism Minister joint secretary Suman Billa made a presentation on scope for adventure tourism in India and future plans for the same. The State’s tourism secretary Dilip Jawalkar made a presentation on achievements and destinations for adventure tourism in Uttarakhand.
Friday, 15 February 2019 | PNS | Dehradun