Himachal CM Sukhu heads to Dubai for investments
Shimla, Dec 13
In a strategic step aimed at boosting investments in the state’s flourishing tourism sector, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu has embarked on his first foreign tour since assuming office. The Chief Minister, accompanied by key officials, including Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC) Vice Chairman Raghuveer Singh Bali, CM’s Political Advisor Sunil Sharma, and four IAS officers, is set to participate in a two-day investor meet in Dubai.
The high-profile delegation, including Principal Secretary to CM Bharat Khera, MD Himachal Pradesh Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) Rohan Chand Thakur, Director Tourism Mansi Sahay, and Private Secretary to CM Vivek Bhatia, will engage in discussions with potential investors during the two-day visit.
The Chief Minister expressed his commitment to attracting investments to Himachal Pradesh, stating that his primary goal during the Dubai visit is to secure maximum investment for the state. The tour, approved by the Central government three days ago, aligns with the state’s efforts to position Kangra as the tourism capital and tap into the immense potential for tourism in Himachal Pradesh.
Highlighting the anticipation of a significant investment influx, the government revealed that Dubai-based Aujan Group Holding (HGH) has expressed interest in establishing a five-star hotel in the state. The expected investment from this venture is estimated to be around Rs 6,000 crore.
In a bid to facilitate investments, the state government has introduced special provisions in Section 118 for investors in the tourism sector. The Chief Minister and the official delegation are scheduled to return from Dubai on December 17, following which Sukhu will participate in the winter session of the Assembly in Dharamshala starting from December 19.
The visit to Dubai is seen as a strategic move to attract investments and enhance the tourism landscape in the picturesque state.
This foreign tour comes on the heels of a meeting between the Chief Minister and a delegation of migrant Himachalis settled in the UAE on September 28. During the interaction, Chief Minister Sukhu had urged expatriate Himachalis to invest in tourism, paving the way for the current diplomatic and business mission to Dubai.
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