State offers immense potential for tourism : Chief Minister
Government making serious efforts to promote tourism in the state : Chief Minister
State Government recognizes the role of tourism in creating jobs and enhancing UP’s image in the country and the world : Akhilesh Yadav
UP second in attracting domestic tourists, ranked third in global tourists influx
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Akhilesh Yadav has said that the state offers immense potential for tourism and added that the state has one attraction or the other in all regions. These attractions could be of historical heritage, handicrafts or food related. Pointing out that Uttar Pradesh was land of Lord Rama, Gautam Buddha and also has a rich heritage of Rahim, Tulsi, Soordas, Kabir and many great seers and saints. Keeping all these attributes in mind the state government was making serious efforts to promote tourism in the state, Mr. Yadav stated.
The Chief Minister made these observations while addressing the ‘Uttar Pradesh Travel Writers Conclave-2015’ today at hotel Taj. Saying that the tourists coming to the state would be encouraged to pen down their experiences, the Chief Minister said this would enable travellers from all over the world to know various facets of the states that include a rich cuisine, traditions, music and literature, etiquettes and other things. He also said that the state government would use the modern information technology tools like the internet to provide information about the state to people all over the world. He also expressed hope that travel writers would also use these mediums and inform the people about the various aspects of tourism in Uttar Pradesh.
Mr. Yadav also mentioned how his government was aware of the ability of the tourism sector not only to create jobs but also in enhancing the prestige of the state. Referring to the ‘Heritage Arc’ the Chief Minister said, it formed the core of various promotional activities to enhance tourism in the state. Similarly, he pointed out, the Tajganj area was being developed in Agra city to provide world class facilities to tourists. The Chief Minister further said that to make Agra the centre of attraction with regards to Mughal era traditions, heritage and other facts, an international level Mughal Museum was being built in Agra and efforts were underway to bring to limelight 12 historical, cultural and religious places where due to lack of facilities tourists do not go.
Similarly, he said, Brij and Bateshwar nearby were also being developed and a Lion Safari was being built in Etawah. Other than this, Uttar Pradesh – Home of the Taj campaign was also being run. Mr. Yadav also mentioned many development works that were underway in the state capital like the Gomti River Front development, development of Hussainabad heritage zone, Lucknow Metro Rail project, an International Cricket Stadium, JP Convention Centre and a world-class Janeshwar Mishra park.
Other than this, to connect Agra-Lucknow an express-way was also being built on war-footing. Referring to the Fatehpur Sikri, the Chief Minister said many such heritage buildings were capable of informing tourists of the rich history like that of the freedom struggle. Mr. Yadav also informed that many developmental works were being executed in ancient, holy city of Varanasi and expressed hope that after completion of works, the footfall to the city will increase manifold. In our efforts so far, he added, the state government has succeeded in a big way and that the state is ranked second in domestic tourist arrivals and third in the number of foreign tourists as per data released by the central government for the year 2014. He also assured that the government will try, through its efforts, to take UP to the number one slot.
The Chief Minister expressed hope that because of the efforts of the UP government in the tourism sector, the state was getting global recognition and only recently the World Tourism and Travel Council had awarded UP for good work in tourism and other sectors.
Mr. Yadav also expressed hope that the travel writers who have attended the conclave would spread goodwill about the state that would attract more and more domestic and foreign tourists to the state. The conclave was also addressed by tourism minister Mr. Om Prakash Singh who said the heritage arc had opened new vistas of tourism in the state. In his address, Chief Secretary Mr. Alok Ranjan said that tourism prospects in UP were immense and that the state government was doing serious work to enhance tourist influx in the state. Some foreign tourists also spoke of their experiences in the state and appreciated the facilities provided by the state government. Before this, the Chief Minister lit the ceremonial inaugural lamp. He was also gifted a compendium of experiences of the tourists of their experiences in the state, in form of a book.
Also present on the occasion were Political Pensions Minister Mr. Rajendra Chowdhary, Secretary (Tourism) Mr. Amrit Abhijaat, a large number of travel writers and other dignitaries.