Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar inaugurated the 11th International Heritage Tourism Conclave organised by PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI), here today. The theme of the event was Heritage as a key driver of Sustainability.
The Governor said that the Conclave deliberated on how tourism and culture sectors can work together more collaboratively and increase public-private partnerships to ensure the protection of cultural and natural heritage while extending benefits to local communities.
Shri Arlekar said that Himachal Pradesh is a rightly chosen destination for heritage conclave. He mentioned that he has himself explored some scenic and picturesque destinations in the state and said that every place he visited has potential to be the heritage site. He said heritage does not exist only in buildings, but also rivers, lakes, forests, temples and culture.
He further added that for promoting tourism in the state, the idea of bird festival should be started in Himachal Pradesh which will invite bird watchers, bird photographers and bird lovers not only from India but worldwide. Sustainable infrastructure development is an important element for rough terrain and connectivity. Not only sustainable infrastructure but also environment friendly practices and activities are required to support sustainable tourism. We must preserve our environment, our real heritage for sustainable future, he said.
President PHDCCI Pradeep Multani said that PHDCCI stands committed towards strengthening the Tourism sector in India, especially Heritage Tourism. The idea of Heritage Tourism Conclave was conceived in the year 2011. Past 10 Heritage Tourism Conclaves held in different parts of the country speak volumes about the commitment of PHDCCI to boost the sector.
PHDCCI and its Knowledge Partner–ORG India jointly released a Knowledge Report titled ‘Heritage as a key driver of Sustainability’. The report gives a holistic view on heritage tourism across the world and in the country.