Boost to tourism industry stressed

 Police commissioner K L Sudhir said steps should be taken for overall development of tourist places in and around the district to attract tourists all through the year.

Speaking after inaugurating a workshop on  national seminar on ‘Sustainable Tourism and Renewable Energy and Travel’ at Mahajana Tourism Development Institute here on Tuesday, he said Mysore has tourism spots that can attract visitors from across the state and also other countries.

Works related to developing tourism industry should be taken up throughout the year. But ironically, tourism related activities are held only for a couple of days in a year and then totally forgotten, he said.

The revenue of local bodies increase with the rise in number of tourists. He gave examples of Singapore and Maldives, which are dependent on the revenue from tourism. Those countries are chalking various plans to popularise tourism spots.

But, in Karnataka, though there are umpteen number of places with tourism importance there is no sufficient publicity. Many historical places and temples have not been publicised.

Steps should be taken so that tourists are not exposed to insecurity, cheating and others. Police play a major role in safeguarding the tourists who visit our state. Friendly atmosphere should be created at hotels at tourism places, he added.

Ex-vice-chancellor S N Hegde said, tourism is an industry and proper approach is needed to gain from it. Bus, train and air connectivity are important for tourist spots. Importance should also be given to provide quality food, good roads to increase the number of tourists, he stressed.

Institute director K S Nagapathy delivered keynote address. President R Vasudevamurthy presided.

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