The publicity of places of tourism in the state is necessary to increase the length of the stay of tourists, said the Tourism Industry Stakeholders Association while giving its suggestions for the Budget 2021-22.
“Our main concerns are the short stay of tourists and the financial hardships caused due to the closure of the tourism industry for six to seven months because of Covid-19,” said MK Seth, president of the association.
He said that the association suggested that there was urgent need to take steps to increase the length of the stay of tourists at every destination of their interest. This would enable the tourists to have complete knowledge of various destinations before planning their visit to Himachal. Publicity funds should be allocated to the district tourism development offices, he added.
The second suggestion was to make a provision in the Budget for the announcement of a financial package for the tourism industry, particularly the hotel industry, to enable it to sustain itself. The starting of a special sightseeing tour in the world heritage train, reducing the fee charged by the Excise Department on bars in hotels and resorts to make them viable and doing away with the condition of the minimum quota of liquor were the other suggestions.