first_imgIn a session with the state tourism board members of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh at the 4th Mail Today Tourism Summit on Wednesday, the emergence of environment, spiritual and adventure tourism was discussed.In the panel followed by Jayant Sinha, who spoke at length about the importance of the booming tourism industry, Sanjay Pande, additional director, Rajasthan Tourism said, “Rajasthan is a leading tourist state. The last two-three years have been exciting. We have witnessed a growth rate of domestic tourists at 20 per cent. For the first time, Rajasthan recorded arrival of a crore tourists. The figure is expected to multiple to five crore by 2020.”He said Jaipur is the second busiest tourist city in the country, where close to 50 lakh tourist arrived last year alone. The hotel occupancy too recorded a jump from 46 per cent to 65 per cent.Second in the state sessions panel was Anju Chaudhary, regional tourist officer, Uttar Pradesh Tourism.She said Allahabad is the most visited by the domestic tourists. “UP stands second in the total number of domestic tourists visiting the state. To boost tourism, we have conducted investment summit. The UP tourism is doing a lot of work in developing the infrastructure.”The regional tourist officer also added that: “Apart from the World Heritage Site of Taj Mahal, we want the tourists to explore the unexplored cities in the state. At Agra, we are working on bringing in the poor into the main society by following the pro growth, pro-poor approach where opportunities are created for the poor to pool in their cultural artifacts and depict their folk art.advertisement”Apart from this, since 2018 is the year of Adventure Tourism in UP, we have initiated water sports activities at Gorakhpur.” Followed by Rajasthan and UP, the Chhattisgarh Tourism endorsed environment tourism. Dr Sanjay Singh, general manager of the Chhattisgarh Tourism board said, “Since Chhattisgarh is a small state, we have based our tourism activities around environment bringing out the role of the tribes. With 50 per cent of the state under green cover, we have identified four places which include hills, plains.”We are also working on developing homestays. Our idea is to highlight the beauty of the place such as Chitrakoot falls, Bhadrakali gorge.”last_img read more