UNWTO team visits heritage sites of Patiala

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Patiala, Jun 16 (UNI) A five-member team of United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), which has been entrusted with the task of finalising the master plan of Punjab tourism, today visited the city to access the status of heritage sites here.

The UNWTO team, led by Mr Richard Batchelor, went around the state, visiting potential sites of tourism, heritage and cultural interest.

Mr Batchelor was accompanied by Cultural and Heritage Tourism Expert Hilary Ducros, Human Resource Expert Walter Schuller and Transport and Infrastructure expert Sam Sapuey Human Resource Expert SC Bagri and Economist and Investment Expert Jim Fletcher.

After a detailed state-wide survey spread over several months, the team had already submitted a preliminary report to Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal based on their observations along with recommendations on the formation of an inclusive and long-term policy to show-case Punjab as a premier tourist destination not only on the national but also on the international circuit. A final report of the UNWTO team is likely to be submitted by early September, 2008.

The Punjab Government has taken a decision to promote the state as a global destination for religio-heritage and farm tourism through preservation and renovation of heritage and historical sites of spiritual significance as well by preparing an awareness-cum-facilitation package for tourists from all across the world.

The heritage towns like Patiala, Kapurthala, Bathinda, Sultanpur Lodhi, Anandpur Sahib, Fatehgarh Sahib, Kiratpur Sahib with magnificent architectural value, rich heritage and fascinating history have amazing but unexploited tourism potential.

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