What Ails Circuit Tourism Initiatives? Lack of Political Will to Get Things Moving Inconsistent, Piecemeal and Half-Hearted Approach by the State Tourism Boards to See a Project and Proposal Through Mous Between States

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REVISED GUIDELINES OF SCHEME FOR PRODUCT/INFRASTRCUTURE DEVELOPMENT FOR DESTINATIONS AND CIRCUITS 1. In the 9th Plan assistance was provided in the following fields:1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Construction of budget accommodation. Tourist complexes. Wayside amenities. Tourist Reception Centre. Refurbishment of monuments. Special tourism projects. Adventure and sports facilities. Sound and Light shows and illumination of monuments.

These schemes were merged into following two schemes during the 10th five year plan. 1. Integrated Development of Tourist Circuits 2. Product/Infrastructure and Destination Development. 2. In order to carefully regulate the Product Development the above two schemes are now merged into one scheme “Product/Infrastructure Development for Destinations and Circuits”. This scheme will have the following two components; A) Major destinations and circuits development B) Rural Tourism infrastructure development A. Major destinations and circuits development 3. The focus under this revised scheme will be on the improvement of existing product and developing new tourism products to the world standard. It will also focus on Integrated Infrastructure Development of the tourist sites. These tourist sites/destinations would be carefully selected based on its tourism potential. The aim would be to provide all infrastructure facilities required by the tourists within such destinations and circuits. Master Planning of these destinations and circuits will be undertaken so as to develop them in an integrated holistic manner. The aim will be convergence of resources and expertise through coordinated action with State Governments/U.Ts and Private Sectors. Tourist Destinations and Circuits in each State would be identified in consultation with the State Governments and would be taken up for development. This would include activities ranging from preparation of a master plan to implementation of the master plan. Projects to be taken up under this scheme should follow an integrated, projectised, area development

approach. Comprehensive DPRs should be prepared for each project after consultations with all the stakeholders. 4. Definition of a destination: Destination is a place of tourist interest. For being eligible under this scheme the destination must be among the most visited sites in the State, or a recognized Heritage monument. A group of tourist attractions located in the same village, town or city would also qualify. 5. Definition of a Circuit: A tourist Circuit is defined as a route on which at least three major tourist destinations are located such that none of these are in the same town, village or city. At the same time they are not separated by a long distance. It should have well defined entry and exit points. A tourist who enters at the entry point should get motivated to visit all the places identified on the circuit. The objective of having a tourist circuit is to increase the total number of visits to all the destinations on the circuit on the one hand and to provide to the tourist the attractions of all the destinations located on the circuit. 6. Identification of tourist destinations and Circuits: The destinations & circuits will be selected on the basis of its tourism potential in consultation with the State Governments. The Destinations/ Circuits to be taken up for development will be identified by the Ministry of Tourism at the beginning of each year. A tourist circuit could be limited to a State or it could be a regional circuit covering more than a State/UT. The identification of the project, the implementing agency, and the mode of channelisation of funds would be done in consultation with the State Govt./UT Administration. 7. Funding pattern of the project: The Ministry of Tourism would bear 100% of the project cost based on the project plan and estimates submitted, excluding the items which are the exclusive responsibility of the State Governments, as mentioned at para 8 below. While there...
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