Sikkim working towards attracting more high-end tourism: Minister

Gangtok, 06 Sept:

Tourism Minister, Ugen T Gyatso, while speaking to SummitTimes about tourism and the push for quality tourism in the State, said that tourism footfalls in Sikkim are increasing every year and that the Tourism Department has a target of hosting 50 lakh tourists in Sikkim in the next five years.

Terming Chief Minister Pawan Chamling as the biggest ambassador for Sikkim, Mr Gyatso said, “We want to leverage the opportunity presented by this national and international goodwill created by our Chief Minister which has seen tourism boom in Sikkim. The government is working on creating more infrastructure for tourists. Homestays and village tourism are being encouraged through CM’s Startup Scheme.”

The Tourism Minister said that due to innovative green policies and organic farming mission of Sikkim government, international tourism and lifestyle channels along with leading travel magazines like Lonely Plant are featuring Sikkim now.

“Even newspapers like New York Times have featured Sikkim and our Chief Minister,” he added.

Mr Gyatso further said that the upcoming Pakyong Greenfield Airport will play a huge role in bringing high-end tourists to Sikkim.

“The day the airport becomes operational, high end tourists will be coming to Sikkim. To promote quality tourism, we have our upcoming Red Panda Winter Carnival where we have invited top tourism stakeholders from Nepal, Bhutan and the NE Region. This is so that a message goes out that Sikkim is targeting quality tourism. However, for quality tourism, our hotels and homestays should also be of high-end,” he said.