Himachal Tourism hotels to start in-house organic farming

Shimla: Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC) would soon offer organic fare in it’s hotel and restaurants by constructing poly-houses on experimental basis. HPTDC will build poly-houses at it’s Palace hotel at Chail and at Barog and will cultivate vegetables for it’s in-house consumption.

This was stated by Prof Dhumal in the 124th Board of Directors meeting of HPTDC at Shimla held today under his chairmanship.

Dhumal said the demand for organic farm produce was on the increase and the same could be instrumental in attracting tourists to visit various HPTDC hotels. The tourists can witness cultivation of the farm produce under controlled climatic conditions and cherish the same as local cuisines while staying at HPTDC hotels.

He said the state government would explore possibilities of developing Sissu village in Gondhla valley of Lahaul from tourism point of view since the village had comparatively better vegetation, a lake, an attractive waterfall and a helipad to attract visitors to experience close contact with nature. He directed the authorities to explore possibilities of developing Sissu village in a planned manner which could meet the future requirements as well.

Chief Minister emphasised the need for regular skill upgradation of the HPTDC staff and develop professional skills so as to keep pace with the global hospitality industry. He said that there was need to closely monitor the global hospitality marketing trends and adopt the same to boost commercial activities in the organization. He directed the authorities to complete codal formalities for construction of proposed three ropeways connecting Bijli Mahadev with Bhuntar, Naina Devi with Anandpur Sahib and Neugal in Palampur on priority.

Earlier Subhashish Panda, MD, HPTDC informed a net profit of Rs. 4 crore had been made by HPTDC till February this year. He said HPTDC had targeted a net profit at about Rs. 8.5 crore during coming financial year.

The Directors approved change in name of its complex The Peach Blossom, Fagu, in Shimla to Apple Blossom and Apple Blossom in Katrain in Kullu valley to Angler’s Bungalow.

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