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Uttarakhand launches ‘Tourist Incentive Scheme’

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The Uttarakhand tourism department has launched a pilot project to boost tourism under which tourists will be given discount coupons for their stay in hotels and homestays of Rs 1,000, Tourism Minister Satpal Maharaj said.

Under this scheme, tourists opting for e-bookings for a minimum 3-day stay will get a rebate of Rs 1000 or 25 per cent of the stay charge per day, whichever is less. The scheme applies for Char-Dham pilgrims too.

“The tourists will be given the discount coupon while registering themselves on the government portal under tourist category. They will then be able to use the coupon during their stay in a hotel or homestay in the tourist spots of the state,” said Maharaj.

He further added, “The discounted amount will be reimbursed by the government to hotel and homestay owners within 15 days on producing necessary documents regarding the bill charged from the tourist.”

“The scheme will be launched as a pilot project for one month which will probably cost the government Rs 2.70 crore. If it’s successful, then it will be extended for two more months.