Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday asked Chief Secretary H.K. Dwivedi and the Department of Tourism will pay special attention to religious tourism by developing the infrastructure of religious sites of various communities located in the Bankura area. Speaking at an administrative review meeting at Bankura, Banerjee also asked the tourism department to increase the level of home tourism through the development of homestay.
Dwivedi said there would be an internal meeting with senior FAITH officials on June 4 to develop a plan to develop Bengal as the country’s number one tourist destination. “We will bring tour operators, hotel owners and all other stakeholders in the tourism industry under one roof to explore the potential of various destinations and take steps to develop accordingly,” he added. The Department of Tourism signed a MoU with FAITH at the Bengal Global Business Summit held last month. Banerjee asked the tourism department to explore the possibility of incorporating home tourism into the management of Matir Shrishti, and to allocate some rooms in Pathasati and Karmasati. She also suggested engaging local youth through skills training for out-of-state or out-of-country tourists. “10 young people can be selected from each block and trained and then used to promote home tourism,” suggests Banerjee.