A.H. Vishwanath, MP, has backed heli-tourism in Mysore to boost the tourism sector in the region.

Speaking to presspersons here on Saturday, Mr. Vishwanath said the facility would attract high-end travellers.

“When I was the Minister in charge of Mysore district in the S.M. Krishna government, there was talk of launching the project here. The situation is now more conducive as the city has emerged as a major tourism destination over the years and has a large corporate training facility for IT professionals at the Infosys campus here,” he said.

Besides, traffic between Mysore and Bangalore on the State highway went up substantially over the weekends because of the tourists, some of whom passed through here to reach Kodagu, another tourist hub.

The facility would help tourists who could afford it, he said.

He urged the government to take help from large IT companies such as Infosys to realise the project.

The MP also urged the State government to constitute the Regional Tourism Development Authority comprising Mysore, Mandya, Hassan and Kodagu districts for promoting tourism.

He suggested that the Department of Tourism take up infrastructure development.