State Govt Will Release New Tourism Policy In 2024: Min | Mysuru News – Times of India
Mysuru: Karnataka tourism minister HK Patil on Sunday said that the state government will come out with a new tourism policy next year, aiming to boost tourism in Karnataka.
The policy aims to ensure basic infrastructure at all tourist spots, encouraging public and private participation in the adoption scheme of monuments.
Speaking after launching the department of tourism logo with the tagline “Our heritage, your destination” for brand Mysuru to promote tourism at a function held at zilla panchayat in Mysuru, the minister said that the new tourism policy also aims at ending inter-department disputes of both Union and state governments, as well as differences existing among various stakeholders, historians and officials associated with the promotion of tourism activities.
He said that the state has more than 25,000 monuments, places of historical and heritage significance, but so far his government has notified 856 such monuments and initiated measures for its conservation, protection, and promotion. Another 500 monuments will be notified by his government next year, taking steps for its protection, he said.
As the state government alone cannot protect all the monuments of historical significance, the government has decided to involve both private firms, NGOs, civil society organisations, and public participation in the conservation of them, especially having tourist potential.
In the recently held Zoom meeting he had with various stakeholders of tourism, the minister said more than 25 NRIs who are settled abroad, including the United States, came forward to adopt and protect these monuments. Some among them evinced interest to protect monuments in their villages, in their taluk and district having pride for native places, he said.
The new tourism policy also gives thrust to education tourism, agriculture tourism, weekend adventure and wildlife tourism, and religious tourism. The implementation of the Shakthi scheme of free travel for women in state-run buses like measures has also given a fillip for tourism, he said.
“I have given instructions to all elected representatives and deputy commissioners to initiate measures to ensure basic facilities at all tourist spots in respective districts, including Mysuru, on priority as such measures not only boost tourism but also generate jobs as well as economic activities of the region,” Patil stated.
Branding Mysuru, and releasing the logo with a tagline helps to attract tourists at the international level besides exposing the city’s history, heritage, and monuments more to outside the world, the minister said.
Deputy commissioner KV Rajendra said that a detailed action plan was prepared by the District Heritage Committee on the directions of district minister HC Mahadevappa for the promotion of tourism to ensure basic amenities and all tourist spots and protection of all heritage monuments in the district. It will be sent soon to higher-ups of the government, he said.
MLAs Darshan Dhruvanarayan, D Ravishankar, MLC C Manjegowda, zilla panchayat CEO K M Gayathri, DCP Jhanvi and tourism department secretary MK Savitha were present.