Sunday, August 02, 2009

Tap tourism potential: CAG to Sikkim

Gangtok, Aug 2 (PTI) Describing Sikkim as a veritable paradise and a tourist destination for all seasons, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) asked the state government to formulate a tourism policy and a comprehensive plan for development of the sector.

"The state government should formulate its tourism policy on the lines of the national policy outlining a comprehensive action plan for better connectivity and infrastructural facilities," CAG said in its audit report for year 2007-08.

The state tourism policy should also focus on marketing strategy and publicise various explored sectors of tourism like eco tourism, adventure tourism, health tourism, besides its rich socio-religious and cultural facets like Buddhist monasteries and stupas which have been the centres of ancient religious rituals and practices, the report said.