Ladakh rolls out first tourism incentive policy – travel

Ladakh has rolled out its first tourism incentive policy with deal with guaranteeing equitable and sustainable improvement of all areas within the Union Territory, an official spokesperson mentioned on Sunday.

Commissioner Secretary Tourism and Culture Rigzin Samphel has laid particular emphasis on the brand new Capital Outright Investment Subsidy which aspires to advertise an idea of small and exquisite fastened belongings in Ladakh primarily based on native custom and structure, the spokesperson mentioned.

As per the Department of Tourism, there’s an pressing want to offer emphasis on promotion of tourism belongings in distant and virgin vacationer locations of Ladakh.

“Any investment made in such assets should be of a value which will have low gestation period. Therefore, instead of large hotels and guest houses, the incentive policy aims at the overarching principal of small and sustainable tourism assets,” the spokesperson mentioned.

He mentioned the higher restrict of the Capital Outright Investment Subsidy has been elevated by 33 per cent from the earlier Rs 30 lakh to Rs 40 lakh.

“The government will grant 30 per cent Capital Outright Investment Subsidy on the fixed assets for new tourism units. This subsidy will also be available for expansion of the existing units but will be restricted to investments made on the extension of the unit only,” he mentioned.

However, the spokesperson mentioned subsidy on each accounts could be restricted to an higher ceiling of Rs 40 lakh for buildings utilizing conventional constructing supplies corresponding to Gyapak and native stones and Rs 25 lakh for others.

The spokesman mentioned one other spotlight of the incentive scheme is the “Ladakh Tangible Cultural Heritage Conservation Fund“ and as per the policy, Ladakh has a rich collection of historic and heritage sites such as forts and old heritage buildings spread all across the districts of Leh and Kargil.

He said a committee constituted by the department would identify and make a list of such properties.

“The committee shall also certify the buildings as protected historic building and monuments,” the spokesperson mentioned, including solely the listed websites would qualify for the work of restoration and conservation.

In case of the location being a non-public property, the possession could be licensed by the income division (tehsildar), he mentioned.

The spokesperson mentioned the project proposal with restoration plan and design could be offered by certified consultants to be empanelled or nominated by the Department of Tourism.

“All works of restoration or conservation would be carried out under the supervision of the Department of Tourism and Culture, Union Territory of Ladakh,” he mentioned.

The spokesperson mentioned the tourism incentive policy has a scheme to “Support for Adventure or Recreation Tourism” and a subsidy as much as 20 per cent of the price of numerous forms of recognized equipments.

“The subsidy up to 20 per cent of the cost of the equipments will be subject to a maximum of Rs 5 lakh as a one-time measure which would be available for establishment of equipment stores duly registered with the Tourism Department provided the said equipment is used for hiring out or providing service at the rates approved by the Tourism Department to the tourists interested in adventure sports,” the spokesperson mentioned.

He mentioned an investor all in favour of opening a store for hiring out equipments associated to journey tourism, on the charges duly accredited by the Tourism Director to the vacationers might be eligible for subsidy on the equipments of normal specification required for such actions.

One of the opposite highlights of the incentive scheme is the “Training of Personnel in Tourism Industry” which has been launched to help entrepreneurs in upgrading the abilities of the personnel engaged by them in working their tourism models and travel businesses registered by the Tourism Department, he mentioned.

The coaching is to be carried out with the prior approval of the Director of Tourism, Ladakh and the expenditure on the coaching of managers and different executives shall be reimbursed to the extent of fifty per cent of the particular price or Rs 50,000 whichever is much less, he mentioned, including that reimbursement of the associated fee incurred on coaching, in all instances, could be payable after the profitable completion of the coaching.

Regarding the implementing company for disbursement of subsidy, the spokesperson mentioned a committee headed by Commissioner Secretary Tourism, Ladakh would scrutinise the instances advisable by the Director of Tourism.

(This story has been printed from a wire company feed with out modifications to the textual content.)

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