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West Bengal to build tourism destinations

Posted on Feb 16, 12:24PM | IBNS

By Gourab Gupta, Kolkata, Feb 15 : The West Bengal tourism department on Thursday stated that it is planning to convert some 480 acres of unencumbered land worth Rs 3,650 crores into tourism destinations.

According to officials, West Bengal is soon going to have a brand new international airport at Bagdogra.

The officials noted that the transformation of royal palaces into spanking hotels is currently under process.

West Bengal Tourism Secretary Vikram Sen said, "Two new sea ports at Ganga Sagar and Rasulpur are coming up soon to assist tourism in the region. We are also having green police and tourist police to ensure the safety and security of the tourists."

Sen was addressing at the fourth edition of 'Destination East, Unveiling Eastern India Tourism' conference jointly organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CCI) and the West Bengal government.

The meet witnessed participation by 73 tour operators from 19 countries namely USA, UK, Denmark, Netherlands, Germany, France, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Mexico, Switzerland, Scottland, Nepal, Bhutan, South Africa, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Phillipines, New Zeland.

The Chief Secretary West Bengal, Sanjay Mitra said, "The tourists will have tourism products as the buyers. Tourism is an attractive way to invite investment in West Bengal."

"The department of tourism of West Bengal has been working on this venture for a long time. "Destination East" will have an established buyers and sellers meet," the Chairman of CII Eastern Region, R.K. Agarwal said.

"When we started the first edition four years back, there were only 19 foreign buyers. Today we have 80 foreign buyers which shows the grand success of the event," said Manab Pal, Chairman, Tourism Sub Committee, CII Eastern Region.