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Assam’s new Tourism Policy offers lots of incentives to the film producers, aims to increase tourists flow 2-3 times more in next 5 years

Guwahati, Oct 20:--  To move the Assam tourism sector into a major economic sector and an aim to increase tourist inflow by 2-3 times more within next five years, Assam government on Thursday declared an ambitious Tourism Policy.

 

Assam tourism minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had released the Tourism Policy of Assam 2017 and it will effect from January next year till December 2022.

 

The Assam minister said tourism shall be accorded as an industry and all facilities and incentives will be available in tourism industry also.

 

“Under the new tourism policy, we will provide a range of incentives to the film producers and aim to make the state as a destination of film making,” Himanta Biswa Sarma said.

 

The new policy aimed to promote Assam Tourism with a new approach of vigorous massive campaigning, to build a global brand 'Awesome Assam' to attract National and International Tourist, identifying most popular and attractive tourist destinations of the state and develop tourist infrastructure in an around them, to facilitate extensive involvement of private sector and active participation of local community in all aspects of Tourism promotion, to conduct special skill development Certificate programs of local youths in Hospitality and for Tourism Sector, the advantage of Government of India's Skill India and ‘Hunar Se Rojgar tak’ shall be leveraged.

 

 The Assam tourism policy stated that, the first tourism policy of the State was announced in 2008 underlining the importance of Public Private Partnership which has considerably increased the tourist footfalls to the place.

 

 “Around 45,00,000 domestic and 20,000 foreign tourists visited Assam as per figures of 2014. Assam becomes a Nationally and Internationally acclaimed all-season Tourist destination for its unique wildlife, bio-diversity and experience of an unexploited wonderland. Tourism is to be one of the main sources of income-generation for the people. It will also be a vibrant and significant contributor to the sustainable development of the State of Assam,” said in the policy.

 

The Assam minister said that, the new policy was approved by the state cabinet on October 17 last and it aims to make Assam a tourist Hub for North East India and as a hot destination for the tourists from East and South East Asian Countries.

 

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