Tourism sector is swiftly becoming important revenue generating sector of the state and now it is contributing about 18 percent of State Gross Domestic Product. Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal revealed it in a function at Solan town. Chief Minister dedicated Tourism Information Centre at Solan constructed at a cost of Rs. 1.36 crore. He said that at present 2150 hotels were registered in the State where 25,800 rooms’ facilities were available to accommodate 56,000 guests. He said that as many as 370 houses were registered under Home Stay Scheme in rural areas of the State where traditional food cuisines were served to the tourists adding that the visitors were also being acquainted with Himachali culture and customs.
Chief Minister said that Rs. 17 crore were being spent on various tourism activities in Solan district. He said that Rs. 4.20 crore was being spent on Solan Tourism Circuit, Rs. 4.80 crore on Chail Circuit, Rs. 7.05 crore on Jubbarhatti-Arki-Nalagarh circuit, and Rs. 70 lakh on Rural Tourism Circuit. He said that necessary tourism infrastructural facilities were being created in the district like wayside amenities, tourism information centres, parking, parks etc. In addition to this, picnic spots, trekking paths and other public facilities would also be ensured to the people.