Special Correspondent

Thiruvananthapuram: The Estimates Committee of the State Assembly has recommended setting up of a mechanism headed by the Chief Secretary to monitor and coordinate the activities of various departments involved in implementing tourism projects. In its report tabled in the House on Thursday, the Committee suggested promoting domestic tourism to overcome the difficulties faced by the tourism sector due to recession. To achieve this objective, tourism master plans suiting each location should be prepared, besides formulating innovative and attractive tour packages, the committee said.

The Committee, while complimenting the responsible tourism initiatives of the tourism department, said care should be taken to ensure that benefits of tourism was evenly distributed among all sections of the population.

Addressing a press meet soon after tabling the report, Committee chairman P. Jayarajan and other members said that the panel had found the District Tourism Promotional Councils’ functioning ineffective. The Committee expressed concern at the poor maintenance of tourism properties. The panel suggested revamping of destination management committees to include MLAs, municipal chairpersons and panchayat secretaries.