On the occasion of World Tourism Day, the Haryana tourism department will offer a 10% discount to those visiting tourist complexes in the state from September 26 to 28, principal secretary for tourism Dr Sumita Misra said on Thursday.
Every year, World Tourism Day is observed on September 27. Haryana is home to heritage sites in Panipat, Kurukshetra, Surajkund and Pinjore, among others. The state is also a pioneer in highway tourism.
According to Misra, food and accommodation in the tourist complexes will be discounted, and a series of special events have been scheduled on September 27. Tourists can book rooms on the department’s official website — www.haryanatourism.gov.in. They can also follow the Facebook page — haryanatourismindia — for further updates, Misra said.
“Efforts are being made to promote sustainable tourism by encouraging constructive and mutually beneficial partnership between the public and private sectors. This will also help in economic development and employment generation,” she said.
The department, along with forest officials, is planning to promote Morni, Kalesar and Sultanpur as eco-tourism sites. Misra also said Haryana has several tourist attractions which can boost the state’s tourism industry.
The World Travel and Tourism Council has estimated that tourism in India will grow at 8.8% annually over the next decade, which will be the highest in the world.
Vikas Yadav, managing director, Haryana Tourism Corporation, said the department has been focusing on upgrading infrastructure and promoting Haryana as the most preferred destination to increase its share in the international and domestic travel market.
Earlier, the department had introduced the concept of farm tourism - it partnered with 14 farm owners in Haryana and offered a rural experience to tourists.
It has also set up some of the country’s premier institutes for hospitality and tourism studies - Institute of Hotel Management (IHMs) in Panipat, Faridabad, Kurukshetra, Rohtak and Yamunanagar that offer a three-year bachelor’s degree in hospitality and hotel administration and diploma courses in food production, food and beverage service.