Chandigarh launches Tourism Action Plan

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Chandigarh, Mar 27 (UNI) The Chandigarh Administration in its spree of promoting the City Beautiful as a world class tourism destination has materialised the Chandigarh Tourism Action Plan (CTAP) 2008.

The action plan discusses all the issues related to the promotion of tourism, including collaboration with tour operators, providing information infrastructure and courses for the employees.

The top most priority is to promote Chandigarh as a modern heritage world wide and also promoting entertainment in the city to make Chandigarh famous as a ''City of Events'', an official release here today stated.

In this endeavour the Administration is planning to create a Chandigarh Pass on the pattern of the ''London Pass'' in order to offer a wide range of facilities at tourist spots, like the famed Rock Garden, museums and theaters. A Theme Park/Film City would be set up quickly and popularised as a tourist interest location.

The Administration is also planning for collaborations with embassies and missions of various countries on a constant basis to boost mutually important areas of the tourism sector. '' The Administration also looks forward to strengthen the collaboration with different tour operators and membership in Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) and with NGO's to promote ''Responsible Tourism'', the release stated.

Special training courses have been planned in the action plan for the employees of Tourism establishments, hotels and taxi drivers for better ways of welcoming guests. A world class website on Chandigarh Tourism and its regular updating will be maintained which would also enable booking of CITCO and private hotel rooms in the city online.

Pictorial and comprehensive booklets and brochures in different languages will be printed so as to boost the tourism information infrastructure. Modern, attractive and professionally fabricated sign boards and information boards at important locations in the city would be installed to facilitate easy access to information for tourists and visitors.

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