Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Scheme for Product Development, Destination and Circuits

The Scheme for Product Development, Destination and Circuits focuses on the improvement of existing amenities and the development of new tourism facilities of an international standard. It also stresses on the development of integrated infrastructure at tourist sites. These tourist destinations and circuits are carefully selected based on their tourism potential.

Under the Scheme for Product Development, Destination and Circuits, a tourist destination is defined as a place of tourist interest that must be among the most visited sites in a State or a recognized World Heritage monument. A group of tourist attractions located in the same village, town or city would also qualify as a tourist destination.

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. They should have well defined entry and exit points and not be separated by a long distance.

Some of the infrastructure facilities to be constructed through the Scheme for Product Development, Destination and Circuits are budget accommodation, wayside amenities, reception centres, illumination and refurbishment of monuments; adventure sports facilities and tourism complexes.

Master Planning of these destinations and circuits will be undertaken so as to develop them in an integrated holistic manner. The Scheme for Product Development, Destination and Circuits aims for a convergence of resources and expertise through coordinated action with State Governments, Union Territories and the private sector.

The Ministry of Tourism, India, would bear 100 per cent of the project cost based on the project plan and estimates submitted, excluding the items that are the exclusive responsibility of the State Governments. While there may be no ceiling on project cost, the contribution of the Government of India would be capped at Rs. 25 crores for destination development and Rs.50 crores for circuit development.

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