Shimla: Himachal Pradesh would seek possibility of introducing house boats on the lines of Kashmir to give new face to the tourism in the state.
Presiding at the board of directors meeting of the govt run Himachal Pradesh Tourism Corporation Ltd, (HPTDC), Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal directed the authorities to explore possibilities of introducing house boats at various lakes in the state.
He said special packages would be announced during the Commonwealth Games to attract visitors from all over the world to visit the state.
The Chief Minister announced that two units of the HPTDC, Holiday Home and the Goofa Ashiana have been awarded ISO 9001 2008 certification and have joined the elite group of global ISO certified hotels.
The certificates of registration for Quality Management System ISO 9001 2008 are awarded by the BSI Management Systems, United Kingdom. The certificates were presented by the chief executive officer of Corporation Certifications Ravi Gaekwad to the Chief Minister. HPTDC is the second organisation in the country to be awarded this certification, the other being the Madhya Pradesh Tourism Corporation (MPTDC).
The board also approved construction of a 40 rooms hotel in Kasauli to cater to the increasing number of tourists visiting the hill station.
HPTDC runs a chain of 57 hotels with 1051 rooms which can accommodate 2,256 guests and also runs 60 restaurants across the state.