The Govt. of Gujarat places a strong emphasis on promoting border tourism in the state. The Seema Darshan project is being developed as a major border tourist site at Nada Bet in the Banaskantha district. The project is expected to be inaugurated by next month. This was deliberated by speakers during the webinar as part of the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry Border Tourism Webinar Series.
In the opening speech, Rupinder Brar, Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Tourism of the Government of India, said that India is an ancient nation and the younger generation needs to know about the history, culture and rich heritage. from India. She suggested that the PHDCCI could collaborate with the Association of Indian Universities which brings together around 850 universities and colleges with 3 million students and hosts question banks with these students, which will help raise awareness of the life of the staff at defense and paramilitaries. Once established, border tourism will create an economic engine for residents of villages near border areas.
Jenu Devan, Managing Director of the Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Ltd, appreciated the Prime Minister’s efforts to transform Rann of Kutch. He also mentioned the Seema Darshan project which was inaugurated in December 2016 in Nada Bet and soon after its launch started to gain traction with 4000-5000 visitors over the weekend.
The tourism department is now trying to promote Nada Bet on the Wagah border lines with not only a retirement ceremony, but also creating a 2-3 hour tour package for the entire region which will include a touristic facilitation center, an auditorium, a museum and other Amenities. Electric vehicles will be introduced that will take tourists around the 25 km border area to zero point where they will be allowed to take selfies.
He further mentioned that training modules will be introduced in border areas to help villagers turn into tour guides to facilitate tourists while creating employment opportunities for them.
Avinash Mishra, Advisor – Tourism, NITI Aayog, spoke at length about the importance of the tourism sector and its contribution to GDP. He mentioned that with its cultural diversity and architectural heritage, India has the potential to become one of the top tourist destinations in the world. We must highlight our rich tourism potential which will help increase the country’s economic exchanges in the long term.
Sharing details on the development of border tourism in Gujarat, Eapen PV, Deputy Inspector General – Frontier Gujarat, Border Security Force (BSF), informed that the Seema Darshan project is being developed by Gujarat Tourism, Roads & Buildings Department & BSF and is likely to be inaugurated next month. He added that the main attractions of the site will include the Ajay Prahari Memorial, the parade ground, the exhibition center, the museum, a resting place for visitors and specially designed doors illustrating the theme of the safety of the people. borders.
Eapen stressed that border tourism will transform the security scenario in the country. The current need is to improve connectivity and infrastructure in border areas for better tourist facilitation.
Paras Lakhia, Member of the Management Committee and Chairman of the Airlines Board, Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI), said that border tourism is a thrill-creating vertical sector and this segment also has immense potential for create employment opportunities. Interesting itineraries can be made for tourists who can generate business and income in these difficult times while promoting domestic tourism in the country.
Sandipan Bose, General Manager of Radisson Blu Hotel Ahmedabad, highlighted the tourist attractions of Rann of Kutch and explained how Rann Utsav helps increase local employment, promote cultural and entertainment activities leading to the global creation of opportunities for the local population.
Highlighting the problems faced by tourists when visiting the border areas of Kutch District, Pravin V. Dangera, owner, Kutch Expeditions & Approved Tourist Guide in Bhuj-Kutch, said that getting permission to visit East Kutch and West Kutch is a major challenge and the tourist has to visit three offices to get clearance. He called on the government to offer domestic line permits (ILP) like the northeastern states and Ladakh for smooth access to these locations.
Anil Parashar, Chairman of Tourism Committee, PHDCCI, congratulated the Gujarat Ministry of Tourism and Tourism as Dholavira, the Harappan city of Rann of Kutch, Gujarat, has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. There has been a substantial increase in the number of tourists after the Statue of Unity was opened to visitors. I hope the ongoing Seema Darshan project in Nada Bet will give new impetus to the tourism sector in Gujarat and also help promote border tourism in the state, he said.
Rajan Sehgal, Co-Chair – Tourism Committee, PHDCCI, moved the formal vote of thanks. The webinar was moderated by Dr Jatinder Singh, Director, PHDCCI, and was attended by senior officials, travel agents, tour operators, hoteliers, tour guides, airline professionals, associations travel and students from travel and hospitality institutes.