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West Bengal tourism department to plan development

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The state tourism department is in the process of engaging a consulting agency that will come up with a detailed report on how to develop tourism infrastructure in the state.
The government also wants to enhance employment opportunities in the tourism industry. State secretariat sources said chief minister Mamata Banerjee wanted to showcase Bengal as a world-class tourist destination.

“The state received a record number of visitors in the last few years both from other states of the country and abroad, which significantly contributed towards its GDP growth. A detailed study will help to further cash in on the advantage,” a senior official said.

The consulting agency will comprise environment experts, engineers and architects. It will conduct a study and prepare a report as to what are the requirement to develop tourism infrastructure at specific locations based on their tourist value, demand, potential for job creation, transport and logistics, etc.

The tourism department will also engage a market research consultant to assess the tourism market at various locations. The consultant will take into account details of the total number of tourists that visited the state in the last five years.

Source: Times of India

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