Sikkim has been declared as best state in the country in implementation of rural tourism projects by the Union Ministry of Tourism. According to the Union Tourism Ministry, Sikkim is the perfect destination to experience warm hospitality, rich culture and scenic natural beauty.
Union Minister for Human Resource Development Dr.Shashi Tharoor presented the National Tourism Award 2012-13 to Sikkim’s Tourism Minister Bhim Dhungel at a function at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi today.
Dhungel also announced that at present around 80,000 tourists visit rural tourist destinations in the state annually, and added that the target has been fixed to attract 1.50 lakh tourists to these destinations in the next five years.
Dhungel said Chief Minister Pawan Chamling has launched an ambitious Rs.140 crore project for developing various tourism convenience facilities,view points,halting points, conferences,retiring units and other infrastructural facilities project in the state.
Dhungel said the state tourism department has tied up with Kerala, Maharastra, Gujrat, Goa and Karnataka Tourism for ensuring the maximum tourist flow from these states to Sikkim, and added that the state tourism department is also negotiating with Nepal and Bhutan Tourism to ensure maximum international tourism flow from these areas to Sikkim.
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