Delhi: For its quality publicity material, President Pratibha Patil today conferred a national tourism award to Himachal Pradesh at a function held in Vigyan Bhawan.
On behalf of the state, principal secretary tourism Mrs Manisha Nanda and director tourism Arun Kumar received the prestigious award in presence of union tourism minister Subodh Kant Sahay and top officials of the tourism sector. The state was picked up for the award by union ministry of tourism
Besides releasing a coffee table book Har Ghar Kuch Kehta Hai, last year, which brought together a collection of historical stories, anecdotes and events associated with Raj in Shimla, the state tourism department also introduced electronic brochures about important tourism sites, circuits and other travelers information.
Such measures were very helpful in enriching the tourist product of Unforgettable Himachal for all seasons and for all reasons and helped not only to increase tourists numbers visiting the hill state but also helped in prolonging their stay, said Arun Sharma.
Tourism contributes 10 percent towards the GDP of Himachal.
Sharma said the National Tourism Award was recognition of the efforts the state has been putting to become a favoured destination in the country.