BANGKOK/DEHRADUN: A conclave on opportunities for investment in tourism sector in Uttarakhand was held in the presence of Uttarakhand Chief Minister at Bangkok, Thailand on Tuesday. Uttarakhand Tourism Secretary, Dilip Jawalkar gave a detailed presentation to investors and entrepreneurs of Thailand on the scope of tourism, tourism activities, development of tourist spots and investment opportunities in the field of tourism in the state.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister said that Uttarakhand has emerged as a hub in the field of tourism, wellness tourism, and Ayush. He said those visiting Uttarakhand would feel themselves nearer to paradise. He said tourists visit Uttarakhand from around the world as it is India’s top tourist destinations. He said Uttarakhand offers variety for everyone. The state has more than 60 percent forest cover and having abundant natural resources which are conducive for tourism and related businesses. The state has world renowned conservation parks like ‘Jim Corbett Tiger National Park’ and ‘Asan Wetland Conservation Reserve’; and World heritage sites like ‘Valley of Flowers’ and ‘Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve’.
“For those seeking spiritual solace and Yoga, Uttarakhand is the best destination, as it has many religious destinations which can be only found in Uttarakhand,” claimed the Chief Minister. He said that natural landscapes, clean and pollution-free environment are the main attraction for tourists visiting the state. The state has many modern luxury spas and yoga centres with trained professionals and therapists. He said an incredible Uttarakhand offers excellent opportunities of investment in tourism sector. The Chief Minister said that Uttarakhand is situated near to the national capital New Delhi and is well-connected with airports, roads and railways. He said Union Government is constructing all weather road upto Rishikesh, Badrinath and Kedarnath to ensure that pilgrims visit Uttarakhand throughout the year and work is on to construct ropeways.
The Chief Minister said that Uttarakhand has emerged as a leading destination to learn to live life spiritually and practice being spiritually and physically well. He said Yoga, and Ayurveda helps in maintaining balance between physical and mental health. Considering this fact, the state government is also working towards encouraging medical tourism. Apart from its scenic beauty, Uttarakhand is also known for adventure tourism, trekking, skiing, para-gliding, camping, angling, mountaineering and rock climbing and efforts are on to provide these places of various tourist activities world class facilities. He said Tehri dam is known for water sports and Auli is known for skiing and trekking and offers great opportunities for investment in these areas. He welcomed prominent tour operators to invest in Uttarakhand. He said government is working to develop 13 new tourist destinations under “13 Districts, 13 Destinations’ scheme. He hoped that the scheme would surely be a beginning to attract investors.
The Chief Minister said that with the help of modern technology, natural resources, information and world class work culture, the state would be committed to provide every support to the investors. He said that the state government has chosen the path of development and prosperity and to achieve these goals, Uttarakhand invites companies from Thailand to become partner by investing. He hoped that companies would come forward to tap the opportunities being offered by investing in Uttarakhand. He said that the efforts are to make future bright for Uttarakhand as well as for Thai investors.
Chief Minister and officials from Thailand participated in a road show held on Tuesday. Ambassador of India to Thailand Bhagwant Singh Bishnoi, Chief Secretary Utpal Kumar Singh, Principal Secretary Manisha Panwar, India Invest vice president Priya Rawat, CM industrial advisor KS Panwar and officials from Thailand were present.