T.S. Shankar

Officials also planning night safari at Vandalur zoo

CHENNAI: Creation of an exclusive Butterfly Park, like the one in Kuala Lumpur, at a world heritage site near Chennai and a night safari as in Singapore at Arignar Anna Zoological Park, Vandalur, are some of the projects the Toursim department plans to take up soon.

A five-member team headed by Toursim Secretary V. Irai Anbu had recently gone on a week-long exploratory visit to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur after a Tamil Nadu Tourism road show in both the countries.

The team members had "result-oriented discussions" with the Singapore Tourism Board and Tourism Malaysia authorities, said an official.

The source told The Hindu on Friday that a road show was organised to woo tourists from Singapore to lesser-known destinations in Tamil Nadu. "We examined in detail the facilities available at the Night Safari in Singapore and how the 40-minute exciting journey has been made tourist-friendly," explained the sources.

The Vandalur Zoo Director and the PWD official then followed it up with detail discussions on the technical aspects at the Singapore facility.

Road show

Tour operators, travel trade and local media were invited for the road show that showcased the latest tourist attractions in Tamil Nadu. The team also visited the Jurong Bird Park.

From Singapore, the delegation flew to Kuala Lumpur where similar road show was held and visited the Butterfly Park in Kuala Lumpur to create similar attraction near Chennai.

The Tourism Malaysia authorities were receptive to the road show conducted by the Tamil Nadu Tourism authorities since 2007 had been declared by the Malaysian Government as the "Visit Tourism Year."