Chhattisgarh Tourism Board recently organised...
Chhattisgarh Tourism Board recently organised a fam trip for bloggers from August 7-12, 2015. Chhattisgarh has many reasons to attract tourists because of its variety of tourist attractions.
Twelve bloggers having diverse interests belonging to different parts of India felt that Chhattisgarh has rightly positioned itself as the destination 'full of surprises' with some of the amazing destinations which could certainly lead to the growth of tourism in the future.
The state has 44% of the forest cover and 32% of tribal population, therefore, it offers immense opportunities for Eco-tourism, Ethnic-tourism, Adventure tourism, Cultural tourism and Religious Tourism. It has created a niche for itself on the tourist map of India which is evident from the repeat visits of the tourists.
The state has become a magnet for nature enthusiasts and for those who wish to explore the world of its unique tribal communities. Chhattisgarh's many tribal people have for centuries played a pivotal role in nurturing and protecting their natural habitat by implementing ancient eco-friendly practices.
All the bloggers were of the opinion that the state of Chhattisgarh has practically everything to cater to a treasure troving traveller and is bestowed with diverse attractions which are generally not available elsewhere. Their 7-day itinerary covering the southern part of Chhattisgarh was scheduled to give them the best opportunity to understand the destinations.
Chhattisgarh Tourism Board has organised a meeting for bloggers with Vivek Dhand, Chief Secretary , Chhattisgarh Govt. They also met Santosh K Misra, Secretary (Tourism and Culture), Chhattisgarh Govt. and the General Manager, Chhattisgarh Tourism Board, Dr. Sanjay Singh. They discussed the ambitious tourism plans, with which the state aims to become the most favoured tourism destination in the country. The state’s forward-looking tourism plans include greater focus on developing tourism streamlining the travel network within the state by increasing the number of tourist buses along with developing facilities for the landing of chartered or private helicopter, enabling greater communication intra-state by establishing pre-paid telecom counters across tourist locations to enable hassle-free communication and connectivity, promoting rich & diverse tribal culture, unexplored tourism circuits and developing local-tourism collaboration that will enable an elevated standard of living for local communities, developing local skill-development programmes to hone local skills and enhancing employment opportunities of local talents that will indigenously meet the evolving tourism needs of the state.
While expressing his views on tourism branding, Shri Santosh Misra mentioned that, “The Sirpur National Dance and Music Festival is getting bigger by the year and it strives to become one of the most iconic events fo not just Chhattisgarh, but whole of India. This would be a huge draw for tourists from across the world and the country.” Reiterating on similar lines, Sanjay Singh, General Manager of the Chhattisgarh Tourism Board lay out the future road map for the event. He said, “From this year onwards, the Sirpur Festival will be an international event and will host artistes from the Asian countries. Sirpur’s tryst with Buddhism is an added advantage as many of the South East Asian countries have a huge population of Buddhists.”