The budgetary proposals for the tourism sector have been disappointing and a mere lip service in this year budget. No major policy decision has been taken nor any relief given to the tourism service providers in the state in the wake of recession in the country. This is how the Chief Minister’s budget speech outlined tourism sector:
Tourism infrastructure projects of more the 350 crore posed to Asian Development Bank for funding on 90% grant basis
New Tourism sites to be developed for eco-tourism
Home stay scheme to be given emphasis around popular tourist destinations
Institute of Hotel Management at Hamirpur and Food Craft Institute started at Dharmashala
Overall no relief any where for the tourism players. The govt. seemed to be considering only the 6th Pay commission recommendations and majority of the speech is devoted to garner resources to meet the salary bills of the ‘public servants’.