UN-backed Rural Tourism Scheme

New Delhi, Aug 25 | Updated: Aug 26 2004, 05:30am hrs
The government has initiated a rural tourism scheme in association with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to promote tourism in the country.

We have initiated a rural tourism scheme and have tied up with UNDP and department of economic affairs to create tourism software projects. We plan to identify the tourism areas and promote those areas, minister of state for tourism Renuka Choudhary said at an international eco and rural tourism marketing conference organised by Ficci.

The government had identified 31 sites under the scheme and, in assistance with UNDP, has allocated Rs 20 lakh per site for tourism development works.

Other schemes in the pipeline include awareness camps, demonstration projects and green rating schemes in addition to a plan to reduce the pressure of visitors in the popular areas by creating new tourist attraction spots.