With a view to show case Himachal as an “Excellent Tourist Destination” and also the facilities being provided to the tourists in the State, the Department of Tourism & Civil Aviation and Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC) jointly organized Tourism Development Meet and Road Show today on 15th January, 2011 at Bengaluru, during the Tourism & Travel Fair (TTF) being held from 14th January to 16th January, 2011.
The Meet was addressed jointly by Dr. Arun Sharma, Director Tourism & Civil Aviation & Sh. Vineet Kumar, Managing Director, HP Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC).
Dr. Arun Sharma informed that Himachal or the Land of Snow, is a veritable paradise endowed with extreme natural beauty and spiritual calm. As a destination, Himachal has much more than what one would expect from what is arguably, the world’s greatest mountain system and it is a place where nature has artfully woven combinations of both the majestic and the gentle. A visit to this enchanting land is the most relaxing and satisfying experience. He said that in this Tourism Meet, Tour Operators, Travel Agents, Corporatist and Media were acquainted about the key marketing points of Himachal Pradesh. He said that during Tourism and Travel Fair, a three day Himachal Food Festival of traditional cuisines and Tourism exhibition are being organized besides Himachali cultural programmes for the attraction of visitors.
He said that Himachal is a very peaceful State and the people are extremely friendly and hospitable. Tourism in Himachal is
for “All Seasons and All Reasons“.
Vineet Kumar, Managing Director gave comprehensive presentation titled ‘Himachal-beyond Kullu and Manali’ in which the basic thrust was given to show case lesser known but most beautiful tourist destinations of Himachal. He said that there are numbers of alternate gorgeous destinations apart from more popular but saturated Manali and Shimla. They include Chamba-Khajjiar-Dalhousie, Dharamsala-Mcleodganj-Palampur-Jogindernaggar, Hamairpur- Jawalaji- Chamunda- Chintpurni, Rewalsar- Bilaspur- Renukaji, Chail-Barog-Fagu-Narkanda-Sarahan-Chindi and in tribal regions Kalpa-Kaza-Keylong.
All these places have beautiful HPTDC Hotels,equipped with all tourist facilities which a tourist needs during his holidays. These are linked with Rail, Roads and Air. Not only this, some of these places are very convenient for holding conferences & Seminars which the corporate look for. In Himachal, we have nature at its best, history, heritage and architecture, fair, festivals and celebrations, wildlife and adventure, religious and pilgrimage. Above all, these off beat destinations present unique ambiance for the honeymooners and health conscious tourists. Palampur, Shimla and Chail also offer Ayurvedic treatments including Panchkarma etc.
Vineet Kumar said that the HPTDC has 57 Hotels spread all across Himachal with 1053 rooms and 2260 beds including 10 Cafeterias. The HPTDC offers attractive combi, tailor- made and different packages for all season, honeymooners, students, pilgrims, adventure lovers including corporate and business houses besides monsoon, winter & group discounts. The Managing Director told that The HPTDC has an efficient Transport Wing with a fleet of Volvo & Deluxe Buses for long journey, LTC and sightseeing tours. 10% special discount is being provided in HPTDC Hotels to those travelers who travel by HPTDC coaches.
The team of senior Tourism officers & officials were also present during the Meet & TTF. The Himachal Emporium office at Bangaluru, who is working as Tourist Information Office for Himachal Tourism alongwith General Sales Agent (GSA) of HPTDC M/S Himachal Heritage Holidays at Bengaluru made all arrangements on behalf of Himachal Tourism.