Punjab govt seeks UN experts advice to develop tourism

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Chandigarh, Nov 21 (UNI) The Punjab government has sought the services of a UN tourism expert to give a boost to this sector in the border state.

"The expert has already taken a trip to various parts of the state and will soon present his report to the government", Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said at a media conference here today.

The Chief Minister disclosed that the expertise had been sought after getting clearance from the Union Government.

Admitting that this sector had been neglected in the state, Mr Badal said that the stress would be to develop religious and cultural tourism. The proposal is to make Amritsar a world tourism destination and also bring other places like Sultanpur Lodhi and Anandpur Sahib on the tourist map of the country, he added.

The expert after a tour of the state had suggested that there was also great scope for adventure and river side tourism and medical tourism in the state, he said. All Deputy Commissioners have been asked to send identify proposed tourism spots in their respective districts and send their recommendations to the state headquarters, he added.

Regarding his proposed meeting with Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil on November 23, the Chief Minister said that it had been called for the final approval of the prestigious 2153 km inter state Guru Gobind Singh Marg from Talwandi Sabo in Punjab to Nanded in Maharashtra. The Chif Ministers of states through which this Marg would pass are also likely to attend the meeting.


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