The tribal museum at Amadubi, a preferred tourist destination in the Kolhan region. File picture
When tourists visiting Jamshedpur seek to visit the 100-year-old plant of Tata Steel, hoteliers are left searching for answers.
In order to address problems like these, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Jamshedpur Hoteliers’ Association have joined hands to try and develop tourism opportunities in the Kolhan region.
Hoteliers and tourism professionals in Jamshedpur have long opined that the city and its adjoining areas have potential tourist spots. But, while most of them have not been adequately developed, others like industries do not permit visitors.
To overcome such hurdles, CII and the hoteliers’ outfit have decided to approach both the state and private firms.
City-based hotelier and chairperson of CII tourism panel Prabhakar Singh said that they would soon approach the state tourism department to discuss ways to boost tourism in the region.
“The state needs a separate tourism policy that will provide detailed information regarding opportunities. We will soon write a letter to tourism secretary Sajal Chakravarty to float PPP ventures. We are currently working on such spots in Kolhan and plan to widen our ambit to cover other areas in Jharkhand,” he said.
Singh added that they were also in talks with Tata Steel and other industries regarding opening the doors of factories to tourists.
The CII-hotelier team has also planned to organise a three-day tourism fair in January next year for which they will invite tour and travel operators, mostly from Calcutta, the nearest metro The fair will be used as a platform to showcase tourism potential of the Kolhan region.
Of late, several city-based outfits have been trying to draw tourists. Kalamandir, an NGO, recently planned a heritage walk that was supposed to take place last month but got delayed.
“We should take examples from other cities. For example, Science City in Calcutta is a great tourist attraction, where people not only get entertained but also learn a lot. The revenue it generates comes as a perk. We can always come up with something like this,” said Singh.