Look through the eyes of tourists, says tourism minister


New Delhi : “We should look through the eyes of tourists about what they expect from us,” said Tourism Minister Kumari Selja while inaugurating a workshop on ‘World Class Tourism Infrastructure’ here Wednesday.

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“We need good hotels, infrastructure, connectivity for tourists. We have to specially think about tourism infrastructure in view of the 2010 Commonwealth Games. We should take it as an opportunity and a boon for us,” said Selja in her opening remarks at the workshop which took place at Hotel Ashok here.

The main objective of the one-day workshop is to develop world class tourism infrastructure in consultation with architects, engineering organisations, tourism managers and consultants.

The participants of the workshop included heads of the engineering departments of the implementing agencies in the states and union territories, officers from the tourism ministry and experts from agencies like INTACH, CPWD, RITES, NBCC, HUDCO and ITDC.

The workshop will have four sessions on urban civic amenities, building heritage, climate responsive architecture (vernacular architecture) and urban landscape.

“We are looking at all aspects of the Commonwealth Games such as security, sanitation, comfort and zero harassment to tourists. Games are a matter of pride for our country ,” Selja told reporters.

She further said: “I talked to Minister of Road Transport and Highways Kamal Nath about developing the golden triangle (Delhi-Agra-Jaipur) as hassle free so that tourists can have a seamless travel. He has shown a very positive response to that.”

“I also talked to the minister about developing wayside amenities on highways,” she added.