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28 December 2011

The Chhattisgarh government, which is planning to double visitor inflow in the next two years, is looking for Public-Private-Partnerships to strengthen its tourist service sector, a senior government official said. "Our state has an abundance of natural beauty and is rich in minerals. To keep it intact, we don't want to attract huge crowd and therefore we are targeting HNIs. Our infrastructure is in place, now we want to strengthen our service sector, for which we are looking at private investments or projects based on the PPP model," Tapesh Jha, Managing Director, Chhattisgarh Tourism Board said.

The Chhattisgarh Tourism Board is aggressively promoting the state as a retreat and plans to double the visitor inflow in the next two years from the present 33 lakh, Jha said. “At present, a large number of tourists visit the state for its religious destinations. However, the board is trying to build Chhattisgarh as an environment and ecology retreat. The state is visited by around 25,000 foreign tourists mainly from France, Germany, the US and the UK and the inflow is growing steadily.”

He went on to add that currently, more than 30,000 people work in the tourism sector in Chhattishgarh and as tourism grows, the employment opportunity will grow besides providing work especially to people in rural and interior areas, according to a report by PTI. “To further boost the sector, the state government is working on a holistic master plan, which is expected to be ready by 2013,” stated Jha.