On Tuesday, the Government of Gujarat announced a new tourism policy for 2020-2025 with a special focus on attracting new investments to the state’s ‘high-priority tourism centers’. This is done by offering incentives to entrepreneurs.
Unveiling new policies, CM of Gujarat Vijay Rupani said that tourism projects such as hotels and resorts which would come up in these priority areas will be offered subsidies in investment and other incentives.
Some of these high priority areas include Kutch, Devbhumi-Dwarka, Narmada, Gir-Somnath, Porbandar, Junagadh, and Dang districts.
Talukas such as Dhari in Amreli, Dabhoi in Vadodara have also been included in the list of high-priority centers according to the new policy.
“Instead of focusing on the entire state, our aim is to develop tourism infrastructure in these high priority areas. Under the new policy, incentives will be given where it was needed the most,” said the CM, also continuing Vijay Rupani said “Some of the new avenues which we are targeting are beach tourism, caravans, and rural experience-based tourism,”
Under this policy, the government will give a subsidy of 20% on capital investment for setting up hotels in high-priority regions. While the minimum investment is INR 1 crore with no cap on maximum investment which excludes the cost of land as per the policy.
For setting up theme parks in these regions, a 15% discount will be provided and the investment range should be between INR 50 crore to 500 crores.
To attract large investments, the state government will allocate land on lease, and with this, the state government will provide a 15% subsidy for projects more than 500 crores investment.
Other tourism projects which would be eligible for a 15% subsidy on investment include Convention centers with a seating capacity of over 2,500 people, NABH-accredited wellness centers, tourism hospitality, and training centers, tents, cottages, and container accommodation.
To encourage caravan rental service, the government has announced to give a 15% subsidy on investment up to 10 lakh for starting at high-priority centers.
Foreign tourists arriving at the state and those who stay at government-registered hotels will be allowed for an additional 5% discount and for foreign tourists, a dedicated tourism desk will be set up at Ahmedabad International Airport.
To promote rural tourism, fair organizers will get an assistance of ₹5 lakh per year to organize “all-inclusive annual fairs and festivals showcasing indigenous culture, dance, handlooms and handicrafts” was mentioned in the document.