Mangaluru

Six panels to be formed for tourism development

An interactive meeting on tourism development in Dakshina Kannada here on Friday decided to constitute six committees for promoting various sectors.

Deputy Commissioner V. Ponnuraj presided over the meeting, which was organised by the Mangalore Association of Travel Agents and the State Department of Tourism.

Committees

It decided to form committees to promote eco-tourism, wellness and medical tourism, cultural and pilgrimage tourism, beach tourism, cuisine tourism, and tourism marketing.

Mr. Ponnuraj suggested that each committee could have a maximum of 10 members. People really interested in developing different sectors of tourism could join the committees by contacting the association.

The committees should meet at regular intervals and initially, they should identify the areas that call for immediate attention and start working in that direction, he said.

On the demands by participants to post an assistant director of tourism to Mangalore, the Deputy Commissioner said he was trying to get an officer from any department for that post. If it did not materialise he would impress upon the Department of Tourism to post an able officer, he said.

Suggestion

Rasheed Bolar, a participant, said that tourism between Mangalore and Lakshadweep could be started. Now, tourists from north India were sailing to Lakshadweep through Kochi. If Mangalore could be promoted as a destination to sail to Lakshadweep, it would attract many tourists.

Aloysius Albuquerque of Summer Sands Beach Resort said that water tourism could be promoted in the city. There was a need to form a think tank to work out strategies for promoting tourism. In addition, the district should have a good tourism map, he said.

There was no need for Mangalore to follow the models of Kerala, Goa or Gokarna for promoting tourism here. It could develop its own model. But care should be exercised to retain the unique identity of the city, he said. Some existing traditional tiled houses could be converted into resting places, home stays or refreshment joints for tourists, Mr. Ponnuraj said.

President of the association Roshan Pinto and Deputy Director of Department of Tourism, Bangalore, Shivalingaiah, were present.

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