In its efforts to attract an increasing number of tourists to Karnataka, the State Tourism authorities plan to offer special flight packages during the forthcoming Mysore Dasara festival, a top official said.

“I have directed the State Tourism Corporation to look into whether we can offer special concessional packages to tourists from cities other than Bangalore,” Karnataka Government’s Principal Secretary (Tourism), K. Jothiramalingam, told reporters here today.

The proposed special concessional packages would be inclusive of every thing such as accommodation, food and transportation, Mr. Jothiramalingam said.

“This year in January, during the Hampi festival, we arranged such packages for tourists from Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore, which proved quite a success. Now we want to replicate the same during the Mysore Dasara festival,” he said.

Besides Hyderabad, Bangalore and Chennai, Pune is one of the stations from Maharashtra that the State Tourism authorities are planning to offer special flight packages for the Mysore Dasara festival, he said.

“Since only ATRs can be operated in and out of the Mysore Airport, we may also look at operating these charter services from Pune,” he said.

Karnataka has of late emerged as a gateway to the south and offers a host of destinations to tourists from across segments, Mr. Jyothiramalingam said.

“We offer all kinds of tourism ranging from heritage to eco to wellness and much more,” he said.