Sanjay Kaul, IAS, managing director, TCGL, said, Private tour operators from across the country can now register themselves with Gujarat Tourism as certified operators for Gujarat. This will help us to reach out to more number of potential tourists and also help the operators in availing timely information and facilities from TCGL. Another unique initiative from TCGL is the launch of industrial tours for students with an aim to showcase the industrial growth of Gujarat. To begin with, these will be conducted at Amul Dairy at Anand, Gujarat State Fertilizer Corporation at Vadodara, General Motors at Halol and the Solar Park at Patan. Students will be given a guided tour and insight into these plants and their functioning.
Tourism Corporation of Gujarat (TCGL) will be facilitating private tour operators from across the country, wherein they can now register themselves with Gujarat Tourism as certified operators. Further to this, TCGL will also be offering facility of online booking of private hotels that will be registered with it. TCGL, has attracted an increasing number of tourists, both domestic and foreign to the state of Gujarat. The gross tourist flow during the year 2013-14 was 287.88 lakh which is 13.30 per cent higher than the flow in 2012-13.
Kamlesh Patel, chairman, Tourism Corporation of Gujarat, said, We will continue to aggressively market Gujarat as a tourist destination in India as well as abroad. To further strengthen our efforts in this direction we have introduced a public private partnership (PPP) model whereby various tour operators both from within and outside of Gujarat can register with TCGL through its website. Not only this, but the private operators can also now showcase their own packages on Gujarat Tourism website.