Gujarat to spend Rs635 crore on tourism infra
Gujarat Tourism will spend Rs635 crore to develop tourism-related infrastructure over the next three years in order to increase the share of tourism revenue in the state GDP from about 1% now.
"Various government departments, along with the Gujarat Tourism Corporation, will be investing over Rs635 crore in infrastructure build-up over the next three years," said Principal Secretary, Tourism, Vipul Mittra.
"As far as tourist arrivals are concerned, we hope to receive two crore people this year, up from 1.8 crore last year. Of this, we expect four lakh to be foreign visitors, up from 3.2 lakh last year," Tourism Commissioner and Gujarat Tourism Managing Director Sanjay Kaul said.
Mittra said as part of efforts to build infrastructure, the government recently set up a company, Gujarat Tourism Opportunities (GuTops), in association with infra finance firm IL&FS, in which both are equal partners. Another initiative in this regard is GujTour, the entity through which, private equity players will pump in money to build infrastructure.
Under the second initiative, 37 hotel and resort projects, including a couple by the Taj Group, have already been cleared, Mittra said.