Faced with increasing numbers, Sikkim declares tourism policy

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SUJAL PRADHAN
Gangtok
20 Aug 2018

Faced with an unmanageable rush of tourists to Sikkim in the tourist season and the related problems faced by local people, the State Government has come up with a tourism policy to streamline the flow. The tourism policy was declaed by Chief Minister Pawan Chamling on Independence Day and on Monday the Tourism Department highlighted its features.
The new policy has divided tourism in Sikkim to certain categories, focusing on conventional leisure-based tourism, nature-based or eco-tourism, adventure-based tourism, culture-based tourism and village-based tourism. “We have also included the category of religion-based tourism,” Tourism secretary C. P. Dhakal said. This categorization would help to manage the tourist flow better and guide tourists according to their respective needs and interests.
“The reason for coming up with the policy is, every year during the tourist season local people suffer due to unavailability of taxis. Tourists are also being chealted by a section of taxi drifvers and hoteliers; so looking at all the problems a tourism policy is the need of the hour. So the policy was introduced. Sikkim is all set to welcome tourists this season.” The policy also has the provision to check the standards and a process of certification in the accommodation sector and also for tour operators, so that the visiting tourists did not have any problem.