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Malady-struck Agra tourism looking for panacea

AGRA

Entry to historical monuments was free and tourism bodies here welcomed foreigners with the ritualistic ‘tika’ and flower-garland on Sunday to mark World Tourism Day — but the local tourism industry rued the lack of patronage and government support for developing tourism infrastructure in the City of Taj, reports New Kerala.

The mood in the local tourism circles was depressing with leaders of the local tourism industry pointing to the prevailing state of affairs where lack of basic infrastructure was hindering growth of Agra’s main industry.

Surendra Sharma, founder president of Agra Hotels and Restaurants Association, said: “In 2007, when the Taj was voted among the New7Wonders of the World, we thought the scenario would change for the better and some action will be taken on our long list of demands. But we lost a wonderful opportunity….”

According to industry leaders Rakesh Chauhan and Sandeep Arora, there was “lack of vision and willpower” in promoting Agra despite its recognition as India’s number one tourist destination.

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