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Odisha to promote coastal tourism, new tourism policy on anvil

Friday, Jun 24, 2016,14:49 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Bhubaneswar | All set to bring out a new Tourism policy-2016 soon, Odisha has decided to promote coastal tourism after its success in attracting visitors to the eco projects. The decision was taken at the Tourism Advisory Committee meeting held under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary A P Padhi. As the state has a 480-km-long coastline, the tourism department was told to focus on the natural potential.

Keeping in view the changing scenario and needs in world tourism market, the state government has already prepared a pragmatic draft tourism policy. Various stakeholder consultations have been held and the draft Tourism Policy, 2016 was prepared for consideration of the government, Tourism Secretary G K Dhal said.

The new policy envisages attractive offers to invite investments particularly in areas of land allotment, capital investment and interest subsidy, VAT and entry tax reimbursement, environment protection, infrastructure subsidy, entertainment tax, MV tax for tourist coaches, participation in overseas tourist events and printing of literature, Dhal said.

As the Tourism ministry has approved the coastal tourism circuit for the state, Odisha government would develop certain beaches like Gopalpur, Tampara, Barkul and Satapada. Padhi directed the tourism department to work out a structured trip package for various eco-tourism spots in Odisha.

The departments of Forest and Environment and Tourism have been asked to work out the package in convergence. Padhi also asked the department to involve local people in management of hospitality and accommodation centers in eco-tourist spots through proper training and motivation.