Lucknow, April 7 -- |

To promote tourism in the state, the Uttar Pradesh government will lease 30 tourist houses of the Tourism Department that are closed for years to the private sector so that they can be promoted as tourist destinations.

"A preliminary report suggests that the tourism business in some areas will increase by giving these tourism accommodations, built at prime locations in different districts of the state, to the private sector associated with home tourism business. Many people will also get employment in these hotels," a government spokesman said.

He said the Tourism Department was now conducting an evaluation to assess the value of these tourist guest houses and once the prices of these guest houses were evaluated, th...