The government of Rajasthan in India has proposed to develop tourist accommodation facilities like homestays, water facilities, internet connectivity, and caravan parks in partnership with private entities.
The state plans to push for the development of rural tourism based on the cultural or economic characteristics of its villages, according to a report.
An Indian official said as part of this drive, villages practicing unique forms of handicraft, music, dance, art, food, and rural lifestyles possessing unique ecological significance or following distinct agricultural practices would be identified. Steps were taken to promote them in international and domestic markets.
The state government proposes to set up a tourism development fund to support rural infrastructure in identified villages. Besides, tourist infrastructure, such as road connectivity and wayside amenities, will be improved.
The official pointed out the government planned to introduce an incentive scheme for promoting tourism.
There will be skill development programs for youths in rural areas to undertake tourism-related activities, enhancing community participation and encouraging self-employment.
Besides this, to showcase the tribal culture and attract people to these areas, adequate tourism infrastructure and facilities will be developed.
Such places will be identified, and necessary tourism development works will be undertaken in tribal sub-plans and other schemes, for which a framework will be put in place. The department will prepare a marketing and promotion plan for tribal areas. State tourism is a good income generator for its economy.
According to travel industry pundits, forts and palaces, heritage art and culture, and shopping are some reasons attracting tourists to Rajasthan. On average, 20-25 million tourists visit the state every year.
This article originally appeared on the Business Standard.