West Bengal to focus on Sunderbans to promote tourismAugust 2nd, 2008 - 6:01 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, Aug 2 (IANS) The West Bengal government will focus on the Sunderbans this year to promote tourism in the state, Tourism Minister Manab Mukherjee said here Saturday. “Sunderbans would be our focus this year. For the present fiscal, (the) government has allocated Rs.250 million for tourism,” he said on the sidelines of the inauguration of 64th Travel and Tourism Fair (TTF).
He indicated that the state has bigger plans for promoting the Sunderbans to attract tourists.
Last fiscal the budget allocation was Rs.100 million.
The Sunderbans are part of the world’s largest delta. It is a mangrove forest spread over West Bengal and Bangladesh, that reaches inland for 100-130 km.
The travel and tourism fair offers a platform every year to various states and countries to set up stalls to promote their respective tourist sectors.
Apart from 250 participants across India including representations from 22 states, nine foreign countries have also participated this year.
Sanjiv Agarwal, chairman and managing director of Fairfest Media Ltd, said: “Every year nearly 10 million Indians visit foreign countries.”
Singapore is the partner country, while Dubai, Nepal and Malaysia are the feature countries. The other countries represented are Indonesia, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Bhutan.
Besides Kolkata, TTF covers cities like Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Surat, Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai and New Delhi.
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