Administration to support KCCI

MANGALORE, OCT. 7. An expression of intent from the Kanara Chamber of Commerce and Industry to promote a coastal tourism circuit in this part of the State, including Dakshina Kannada, has found favour with the district administration. While welcoming such an endeavour, the administration has, in turn, expressed its intent to come up a comprehensive package to promote tourism locally.

The Deputy Commissioner, Arvind Shrivastava, told The Hindu here on Thursday that a general notion that the administration was laidback in promoting tourism in the district was misplaced. He said that various behind-the-scenes initiatives were going on, which would place Dakshina Kannada on a firm footing as far as attracting both local and domestic tourists was concerned.

Mr. Shrivastava said that the administration had taken a small step in this direction by projecting Karavali Utsav last year as a must-see event for tourists. Apart from holding the Utsav at the district headquarters here, he said its simultaneous organisation in other places of tourist interest would help promote tourism in the district meaningfully.

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Mr. Shrivastava said that one of the reasons for the district not realising its tourism potential in full was a general lack of awareness amongst the tourists about the place. The administration was scouting for sponsors who could promote tourism-related material at transit places for tourists such as bus and railway stations and the airport.

Mr. Shrivastava said one area where Dakshina Kannada scored over other places was the location of beaches.

Noting that tourists visited Panambur beach in large numbers, he said the administration had initiated work on developing it into a model tourism centre by providing the place with all infrastructure.

Mr. Shrivastava said that a modern toilet facility would come up at Panambur beach at a cost of Rs. 25 lakhs.

A similar project was presently taking shape at Moodbidri.