Himanta Biswa Sarma announces new tourism policy: Ministers to promote Assam Tourism globally

  • Himanta Biswa Sarma announces new tourism policy: Ministers to promote Assam Tourism globally
20-10-2017 | Pratidin Bureau. |

Tourism Minister of Assam on Thursday announced an ambitious tourism policy in the Assam Secretariat. The ‘Tourism Policy of Assam 2017’, effective from January 2018 till December 2022, has given special emphasis on making the State a destination of film making by offering a range of incentives to movie producers.

“Tourism shall be accorded industry status in Assam and all facilities and incentives applicable to industries shall be available to Tourism industry also,” Assam Tourism Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said after releasing the policy.

The tourism policy has aimed at creating a policy framework to move tourism into a major economic sector of Assam increasing the inflow of tourists’ by at least two to three folds in the next five years. Sarma said the ‘Tourism policy of Assam 2017’ was approved by the State Cabinet on October 17 and the key focus of it was to attract the film industry to come and shoot in the state.

“Cash grant of 25 per cent or Rs 1 crore, whichever is less, of expenditure in Assam will be offered as reimbursement to Hindi, English and foreign language cinema makers, who have produced a minimum of five feature films,”the Minister said.

There will be an additional 10 per cent grant if the film’s storyline is on Assam’s culture, tourism and heritage, while another 10 per cent rebate will be offered if more than 50 per cent of the entire shooting is done in the state, the Sarma added.

The policy also offered a host of other subsidies, including 50 per cent reimbursement of net state GST paid for 10 years by a new tourism unit that will start commercial operations by December 2022, subject to maximum of 100 per cent fixed capital investment.

Meanwhile, several awards for excellence have also been announced under the new tourism policy in the categories of best infrastructure, best women entrepreneur, best start-up, best innovative project, best maintained tourist facility, cleanest tourist destination, best ICT project on Assam tourism, best warden of wildlife destinations, best photo journalist.

Besides, the Minister also informed that, beginning November 1 this year, Assam Tourism will launch a massive campaign to promote its ‘Awesome Assam’ brand both globally and within the country. Road shows lead by every minister of Assam will be organized in US, Canada, Japan, Singapore, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Myanmar as well as in various other parts of the country.

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