Pitch­ing for coastal tourism

To lever­age over 300 kilo­me­tres of vir­gin coast­line, the Kar­nataka State Tourism De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (KSTDC) plans to fo­cus on de­vel­op­ing coastal tourism.

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The state is cur­rently in the process of for­mu­lat­ing a plan to de­velop tourist fa­cil­i­ties, in­fra­struc­ture and

sea­plane ser­vices along the Kar­nataka coast. This in­for­ma­tion was re­vealed by

CD Dyava­iah, Man­ag­ing

Di­rec­tor, KSTDC.

Dyava­iah said, “KSTDC plans to de­velop th­ese fa­cil­i­ties on a Pub­lic Pri­vate Part­ner­ship (PPP) ba­sis. Once the pol­icy is fi­nalised over the next cou­ple of months, we will be in a po­si­tion to re­veal more de­tails.”

Dyava­iah also said that KSTDC was keen to launch in­tra- state air ser­vices. He said that KSTDC had in­vited ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est from pri­vate play­ers to launch th­ese ser­vices but that it was yet in the plan­ning phase.

“This will boost tourism in the state and we are work­ing on a strat­egy to en­sure the long-term sus­tain­abil­ity of the ser­vice.”

Po­si­tion­ing Kar­nataka as a cul­ture and her­itage desti­na­tion for the do­mes­tic seg­ment, the state plans to pro­mote Hampi, Mysore and Gokarna to at­tract tourists from all over the coun­try. Fur­ther, state tourism de­vel­op­ment cor­po­ra­tion also plans to con­duct road­shows later this year in Delhi, Mum­bai and Kolkata, ac­cord­ing to Dyava­iah.

Kar­nataka has also signed an MoU with Andhra Pradesh for cross pro­mo­tion of tourism in both states ear­lier this month.

The pos­si­bil­ity of ex­tend­ing Kar­nataka’s Golden Char­iot train to Andhra Pradesh was also mooted. "We are ex­tremely happy to as­so­ci­ate with Andhra Pradesh gov­ern­ment for this MoU. We are op­ti­mistic that this will be a step for­ward in terms of in­creas­ing tourism ini­tia­tives in both states," Dyava­iah said.

CD Dyava­iah Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor KSTDC

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