Senior BJP leader and Kangra MP Shanta Kumar welcomed chief minister Virbhadra Singh's initiative on Wednesday to hold roadshows at various destinations across the country to attract investment in the tourism sector but demanded making the tourism policy more practical.
Kumar said the hill state had a vast scope for tourism and investors from the country and abroad were willing to invest in the tourism industry. "Tourism is the fastest growing sector of the world and there is hardly any need to hold such road shows to attract investment but emphasis should be given on making the state tourism policy more practical and attractive," said Kumar. He said the tourism industry should be freed from red tapism which was the biggest hurdle in its growth.
"There are various projects to set up ropeways in the state. These can not be profitable in the initial stages and government should give tax exemption on these projects. They will become revenue generators after a few years," he said.
The BJP leader said the state government should identify some schemes to give priority to the tourism sector. "Simplifying the terms and conditions for such projects will attract large scale investment in the sector from all over the world," he said.