Gujarat govt announces heritage tourism policy

Ahmedabad, Sep 12:

The Gujarat government on Friday declared its Heritage Tourism Policy 2020-25, announcing subsidy and tax benefits to convert heritage buildings into hotels or banquet halls and restaurants to attract tourists.

The state government also revised the Gujarat Home Stay policy to simplify it and make it more convenient for owners to convert their homes into tourist facilities.

With an aim to make Gujarat one of the favourite destinations on the ‘World Tourism Map’, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani announced the Heritage Tourism Policy 2020-25, an official release said.

Gujarat has numerous tourist attractions such as deserts, vast coastline, hills, ancient and historical buildings, religious places, Dinosaur Park, ‘Statue of Unity’ and others, it said, adding HTP was one more way to increase tourism in the state.

The new HTP offers state government assistance for setting up a new heritage hotel, museum, heritage banquet hall, and heritage restaurant, as well assistance for repair and renovation of such facilities.

As per the policy, for setting up a hotel with an investment of up to Rs 25 crore, the state government will give 20 per cent subsidy, with maximum amount of Rs 5 crore.

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