In a bid to boost the tourism and hospitality industry potential of eight north Indian states and the union territory of Chandigarh, the confederation of Indian industry (CII) northern region will organize a tourism festival in Chandigarh between December 5 and 7 December 2013 with domestic and international participation.
Apart from Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar, Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Odisha, who have already shown interest in participating, Thailand and Dubai have already confirmed their participation.
Senor CII officials said they are also expecting participation from countries like Germany, South Africa, US, Canada, Russia, Australia, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Macau, and Britain. "This will be a first-of-its-kind initiative, primarily aimed at creating an enabling environment conducive to the growth of tourism sector and attracting investments in Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and UT Chandigarh.
Chandigarh has been chosen as the location due to its connectivity with plain states and being a gateway to the hilly states, in addition to being the capital of both Punjab & Haryana. Chandigarh acts a transit point for tourists in addition to being a hub of Tourism, Culture, Festivity and Business of North India," said Jayant Davar, chairman, CII northern region.
As part of the programme, CII intends to invite chief ministers of all the participating states at the conclave; the CII will also create a chief ministers' forum to address various issues like infrastructure, connectivity, security, cleanliness, Information sharing, accommodation, food, travel and policies etc. which hinder the growth of tourism, Arjun Sharma, chairman, CII tourism fest 2013, said.