AGARTALA, July 17 - Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb has asked the Tripura Tourism Department officials to prepare an action plan to attract tourists � both domestic and international.
The Chief Minister�s view assumes significance as the footfalls of visitors to tourist destinations of the State, including the Tripureswari temple, Unakoti and Neer Mahal, have been increasing.
Aiming to tap the State�s tourism potential, the Chief Minister had convened a meeting with top officials of the Tourism Department and the Tripura Tourism Development Corporation (TTDC) recently.
In the meeting, the Secretary of Tourism Department, Dr Alinda Rastogi, briefed the Chief Minister on the activities of the department and the TTDC. In Tripura, there are 30 tourist lodges, of which 14 are being maintained by the TTDC while the remaining four are being run by the department itself.
On his part, the Chief Minister underscored the need to promote the State�s tourist destinations nationally and globally with provision of world-class service in all tourist lodges. The ban on photography of archaeological sites must be removed as Prime Minister Narendra Modi has already removed the bar.
�The State Government has been working to ensure overall development of the State and prompting tourism is also part of the Government�s priority sector,� he told the officials.
Tourist guide books must be available for every tourist destination describing historic background elaborately so that tourists can select their choice of visit, he said.
Deb also laid emphasis on adopting a plan to complete the ropeway from the Tripureswari temple to the Bhubaneswar temple in the South district.
According to reports, footfalls of tourists have been increasing for the past three years. While 3.99 lakh domestic and foreign tourists visited the State in 2015-16, the figures rose to 4.19 lakh in 2016-17 and 4.83 lakh last year.
Most importantly, the arrival of foreign tourists has also been increasing in the last three years. Altogether 35,619 foreign tourists visited the State during 2015-16.
Tourism Minister Pranajit Singha Roy, Chief Secretary Sanjeev Ranjan and Additional Secretary to the Chief Minister Dr Milind Ramteke were present in the meeting held here on Monday.