CHANDIGARH, Aug 31- Haryana Tourism has decided to celebrate 43 years of its existence tomorrow and to mark this occasion, the Haryana Tourism Day, a 10 per cent discount on food as well as accommodation would be extended to the guests visiting any of the tourist complexes of Haryana Tourism from September 1 to 4, 2016.
          While stating this here today, Managing Director of Haryana Tourism, Mr Sameer Pal Srow   said that welcome banners and special illuminations would adorn all the tourist complexes. Interesting competitions for school students like folk dance, painting, face painting, rangoli making and special events like tree plantation would also be organised on September 1 at various tourist complexes across the State. Small gifts of sweets, balloons and biscuits will be distributed among the children, he added.
          He said that to add to the charm of the Haryana Tourism Day celebrations, Food Festivals are being organized at Pinjore Gardens, Sunbird Motel, Surajkund and Ethnic India at Rai, Sonipat tourist complexes from September 1 to 4, 2016.
          He said that a variety of cuisines including South Indian, Chinese, Rajasthani, Mughlai, Hyderabadi and Awadhi would be served during the   four days of the Food Festival. Visitors can also enjoy shopping handicrafts and handlooms at the Crafts Bazaar being set up at Pinjore Gardens along with the Food Festival.
          He said that Haryana Tourism, a trailblazer in highway tourism has currently got a network of 43 tourist complexes equipped with 838 comfortable air-conditioned rooms, multi-cuisine restaurants, well-stocked bars, state-of-the-art Convention Centres and facilities like banquet, conference and multi-purpose halls. Being a pioneer in highway tourism in the country, Haryana Tourism has further diversified and broadened the concept of tourism by focussing on farm tourism, golf tourism, heritage tourism and adventure tourism. It is consistently making efforts to carve a niche for itself in the national and international tourism market. With this objective, it is taking up new initiatives like introduction of mobile application for online booking of rooms, upgrading of facilities at tourist complexes and developing projects under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode to attract more   tourists.
          He said that Haryana Tourism has also given impetus to MICE(Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and  Exhibitions) tourism in the state. Presently, there are four Convention Centres, four Porta Cabins and 52 Conference hall or Multipurpose halls or Banquet halls at its various tourist complexes   across the state. Three more multi-purpose halls equipped with all amenities are to soon come up  at different locations like Gauriyya Tourist Complex at Bahadurgarh in Jhajjar District, Grey Pelican Tourist Complex in Yamunanagar and Parakeet Tourist Complex, Pipli with a capacity of 400-500 persons. A centrally air-conditioned Convention Centre at Jagadhari, Yamunangar is nearing completion. It has a capacity of 800 persons and offers facilities like a stage with attached green rooms, lobby, kitchen, conference hall, kitty party room and suites.
          He said that Haryana Tourism is also pioneer in organising various fairs and festivals for promotion of the heritage art and crafts and folk traditions, Haryana Tourism conducts the Surajkund International Crafts Mela which is held every year from   February 1 to 15 at Faridabad. This year 23 countries participated in this mela.