Pitching Amritsar as the wedding tourism destination, Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann has announced a 100-acre ‘Celebration Point’ in the city with marriage palaces, banquet halls and hotels as he invited more and more tourists to visit the state and enjoy the hospitality and warmth, for which Punjabis are famous the world over.
“In Amritsar, we are coming up with a new project — Celebration Point, which will be spread over 100 acres of land. There will be a marriage palace, banquet halls to suit every pocket. The tariff will start from INR 25,000 and will go up to INR 10 lakh. There will be three-star and four-star hotels. In a single place, people will get everything. People can come there to celebrate any happy occasion. Those who want their children to get married and seek blessings from Golden Temple the same day, will be able to do so,” Mann said reports Kanchan Vasudev for the Indian Express.
He was addressing the gathering art the first Punjab Tourism Summit that began at Amity University in Mohali on Monday. The three-day summit is aimed at showcasing the state’s tourism potential. Mann said Punjab has a lot to offer in terms of religious tourism, eco-tourism and wellness tourism.
“Geographically, Punjab is fit for tourism. If you have to go to places in Himachal Pradesh, for instance, Kullu, Mandi, Kangra and Shimla, you have to cross Punjab. If you are on religious tourism and visiting Baglamukhi, Manikaran Sahib, or Naina Devi, you have to pass through Punjab,” he added.
The state plans to develop Pathankot, Hoshiarpur, Rupnagar and some other places for eco-tourism as these places have dams and water bodies, he said and called on the tourists and hospitality industry to explore Chamrour in Pathankot. Chamrour has lake that has crystal clear waters, he said, adding “it is an untouched tourist destination”.
Wooing filmmakers, Mann said his government is going set up a Film City in Punjab and asked actor and TV show host Kapil Sharma to help promote it. Sharma assured all help and said, “I have been born and brought up in Punjab. After going through the tourism department’s presentation, I was surprised to find so many tourist destinations in state”.