Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has called upon corporate bodies like CII, FICCI and ASSOCHAM to identify tourism places that were less developed and fund for their development and beautification. He wanted them to supplement the efforts of Central and State Governments in making India an attractive global tourist destination in the World.
Addressing the gathering after releasing the book ‘Himalayan Odyssey’, the English translation of the award-winning Malayalam original—Haimavathabhuvil, written by Veerendra Kumar, he suggested implementing the Public-Private Partnership and take necessary steps to give a boost to the tourism sector.
He said that India’s scenic and pilgrimage destinations with relevance to Indian history, culture, mythology and heritage provide an opportunity to leverage the tourism potential.
Describing tourism sector as a major engine for economic growth and for creation of employment in sectors like hospitality, transport and empowers local communities, Vice President Naidu opined that there was is a great scope and need to develop tourist circuits on specific themes to attract the tourists having special interest in visiting such places.
Referring to the call given by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking people to visit 15 new tourist places by 2022 to support domestic tourism, the Vice President said that undertaking Bharat Dashan by students would be a good learning experience for them on various facets of India’s culture, heritage, languages and cuisine and enhance their understanding of the unique cultural mosaic of the country.
He complimented the government for introducing schemes such as Swadesh Darshan, National Mission for Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual Augmentation Drive (PRASAD) and also the Railway Ministry for launching special pilgrimage packages to give a boost to domestic tourism.
Talking about the book, Vice President Naidu said that with the core theme of various journeys made to the Himalayan Char Dhams, it takes in its grand sweep everything from the snow-capped Himalayan peaks to the banks of the river Nila in Kerala.