With the intention of attracting more number of foreign tourists to the Mysore Dasara 2013, the State Tourism Department is going to give more emphasis to publicity by adopting high-tech methods, said Tourism Minister R.V. Deshpande.

He was speaking to media persons after attending a meeting of industrialists’ associations and officials of the Departments concerned, pertaining to Dasara.

Deshpande said that apart from posting feature articles, pictures and video-clippings on the official Dasara website dasaramysore. org, the organisers will be opening accounts on social networking sites and blogs to attract tourists.

The government has released a sum of Rs. 5 crore exclusively to maintain cleanliness in the city, he said. To facilitate tourists to visit major tourist destinations in and around Mysore, the Tourism Department, in association with the KSRTC, has proposed to introduce ‘hop-on, hop-off’ bus services during Dasara. The Minister said that hi-end buses would be operated through all tourist places such as Srirangapatna, KRS dam, B.R. Hills, Shivanasamudra Falls, Belur and Halebeedu temples and Shravanabelagola.

Tourists can get off at any point during their travel and board these buses again at another point after they finish sight-seeing, he said and added that the ‘hop-on, hop-off’ bus service is common in the US and other western nations.

“There are more than 300 tourist spots in the State and the Tourism Department has urged the KSRTC and the KSTDC to organise package tours connecting all important tourist destinations,” he said.

Daily flights?

Deshpande said that the SpiceJet, which is operating flights from the Mandakalli airport in Mysore thrice a week, will be requested to operate daily flights during the Dasara months.

However, Airport Authority of India (AAI) Director (Mysore) Manjunath said that he had no such information of extending the air services.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore