New Delhi, Feb. 28
In an effort to give a boost to the country's efforts to attract more tourists, the Finance Minister, Mr P. Chidambaram, today announced an increase in the Plan allocation at Rs 830 crore during 2006-07 from Rs 786 crore previously. The Tourism Ministry would take up the development of 15 tourist destinations that will follow an integrated area development approach and also identify 50 villages with core competency in handicrafts, handlooms and culture, close to existing destinations and circuits, and develop them for enhancing tourists' experience. Besides, to ensure that there is enough manpower to cater to growing numbers of tourist arrivals, the Budget has proposed setting up of four new hotel management institutes in Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Jharkhand and Uttaranchal.
(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated March 1, 2006)