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Arunachal Pradesh To Implement Village Tourism Soon


2 June 2011

The Arunachal Pradesh Government will soon implement the concept of Village Tourism in the state, Prema Khandu, State Tourism Minister, Arunachal Pradesh said recently. According to a PTI report, Khandu, who was sworn in as a cabinet minister in the Jarbom Gamlin Ministry on May 20, 2011 after the April 30, 2011 chopper crash in which his father Dorjee Khandu died, said he would work to fulfill his father's vision and mission to make Arunachal a developed state.

“I am planning to set up tourism infrastructure in selected villages in all 16 districts with major facilities for the tourists' comfortable stay”, he said.“This will not only boost the tourism sector but  also provide employment opportunities to the locals. Many tourists prefer to stay in places far from the din and bustle of crowded areas, and the concept of Village Tourism would suitably fulfill their needs.” he said. The concept is to be based on a Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) model.

Stating that the tourism industry cannot thrive without appropriate infrastructure, Khandu said that he would submit several proposals on Adventure Tourism, Nature Tourism and Sports Tourism to the Centre for necessary approval and sanctions. “Arunachal Pradesh has vast scope in all forms of tourism, and my intent is to exploit them to the fullest”, he said while adding that the state’s future depended on the tourism industry.

Disclosing that his department was contemplating leasing out tourist amenities like tourist lodges and way-side cafeterias to local entrepreneurs on the PPP model, Khandu also exhorted the public to help the government boost the sector.