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Tourist numbers to Rajasthan grows 5.74% on year in 2012; new mega tourism projects on the cards

17 April 2013

P Krishna Kumar, New Delhi: Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC) Ltd will hand over 22 accommodation units, identified as non-performing, to the state government. According to Rakesh Srivastava, Principal Secretary-Tourism, Government of Rajasthan, and Managing Director, RTDC, the “current market value” of these units has been assessed and will be handed over to the government. These properties will be managed by the Power Finance Corporation Ltd on completion of formalities. He added that there is, at present, no proposal before the government to hand over these properties to private parties, but it could be an option at a later stage. With the handing over of these accommodation units, RTDC will be left with 20 odd units under its ownership, Srivastava said.

Speaking on the sidelines of the sixth edition of the Great Indian Travel Bazaar (GITB) in Jaipur, Srivastava said that the State Tourism Department is keen to open new destinations and circuits to offer more options to visitors. Tourism infrastructure is being developed at Bisalpur Dam to encourage tourism around the area, he added. Similarly, the Department is supporting the joint initiative of India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) and Hindustan Salts Ltd for developing Sambhar as a major tourist destination. While long-term projects will be undertaken by Hindustan Salts, the Department will focus on basic infrastructure works like repair and renovation of temples, museums, circuit houses, etc., around the area, he said. Some other major tourism circuits under Rajasthan Tourism’s radar are Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Ajmer, Pushkar, and Hadoti.

Talking about mega tourism projects in the state, Srivastava said that two such projects, one each in Jaipur and Jaisalmer, are currently under the scrutiny of the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India for approval.

Earlier, speaking to media, Bina Kak, Minister for Tourism, Art & Culture, Archaeology, Printing Stationery, Forest & Environment, Woman & Child Development (Additional Charge), Government of Rajasthan, said that the state would be expanding its tourism offerings by including more areas in Sports and Adventure Tourism, Rural Tourism, Wildlife Tourism, Ecotourism, etc. As part of expanding its Wildlife Tourism base, Rajasthan has announced an additional 600 sq kms of tiger reserve corridor at Karauli, the Minister said. Along with 380 sq kms of tiger reserve at Ranthambore and 150 sq kms at Man Singh, the state will now offer a total of 1,300 sq kms of protected wildlife area to the nation, she said. Kak also said that the State Tourism Department is exploring festivals around popular pilgrim destinations so that visitors can experience the vivid culture of the state.

Rajasthan registered an overall 5.74 per cent growth in tourist arrivals in 2012. While foreign tourist arrivals registered eight per cent growth last year over 2011, domestic tourist arrivals increased 6.75 per cent. The state is expecting around eight per cent overall growth in tourist arrivals this year.