Shimla: To develop sustainable and environment friendly tourism, the government intends to draw up a master plan with a 20 year perspective. “Objective of the tourism master plan is to de-congest present destinations and divert tourism traffic to new places,” says Manisha Nanda, secretary tourism.
For formulating a 20 year perspective master plan, a meeting with different departments and consultants hired for the purpose was held on Monday, officials disclosed.
Keeping the arising needs of travel industry in mind, the master plan will outlay parameters about developing sustainable and environment friendly tourism in the state.
A special focus will be made for the community development and also to increase the employment opportunities. The master plan includes the activities like eco-tourism, rural and cultural tourism, heritage tourism and adventure tourism.
The plan will be drafted in a manner that it would be environment friendly, socially acceptable, employment based and would utilize modern marketing strategy for attracting the high end tourists, especially the foreigners, said Nanda.