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Uttarakhand Tourism for closer engagement with Cluster Mountain Group of France for developing world class skiing infrastructure in the State

Uttarakhand Tourism Minister visits Chamonix, Wolfurt, Mont Blanc to study mountain adventure infrastructure

Sunday, July 23, 2017, 09:00 Hrs  [IST]
HBI Staff |New Delhi

In a bid to introduce skiing, ropeway and funicular facilities in Uttarakhand, Satpal Maharaj, Minister of Tourism, Uttarakhand and Dr R Meenakshi Sundaram, Secretary - Tourism, Uttarakhand met officials from Cluster Mountain Group, Chamonix, France to undertake development of the mountain based adventure sport. Chamonix is one of the most popular skiing destinations in the world.

 The Minister presented the opportunities for creating skiing, ropeway and funicular facilities in Uttarakhand to the Cluster Mountain Group, a group coordinated by the French tourism department and comprising of ski resort operators, consultants, ropeway and adventure park players.

The Minister had productive discussions with the French officials on the development of ski resorts in Uttarakhand including Auli, VediniBugyal, DayaraBugyal and Betulidhar, with the Cluster Mountain Group expressing its willingness in undertaking the project in the state. The Secretary, Tourism, will be in touch with the French Embassy and Government to oversee the fruition of the development of the project.

To further their resolve for developing state-of-the-art facilities in the state, the Minister and the Secretary also visited the Doppelmayr factory, the world’s leading cable car manufacturers, in Wolfurt, Austria, where they were apprised of the latest technologies in ropeways and funicular railways. The tour also included site visits to Stans in Switzerland and Mont Blank ski resort in France to learn about the advanced systems.

The visit, according to an official release of the government, is latest in a series of efforts by the State government to promote tourism in the state. The government carried out efforts to improve connectivity funiculars and ropeways to various places of worship located high above the mountains.

Moreover, efforts to encourage tourists to explore and experience different aspects of Uttarakhand like adventure, religion, health and local cuisines were also undertaken, as well as promote important tourist destinations.

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