A new tourism policy will come into force in the State, with top priority for tourism circuit comprising the Mysore region,” said Higher Education and Tourism Minister R.V. Deshpande.

He was speaking after inaugurating the new building complex of the Deputy Director of Tourism, Mysore division, near Mayura Hoysala Hotel on JLB Road in city yesterday.

“Mysore has been the hub of tourism and provides ample opportunities for further promotion of tourism. The Government will come up with plans on developing tourism in the region,” he said.

Pointing out that tourism is one of the growing sectors across the world, he regretted that we have failed in tapping the enormous tourism potential in the State.

Hinting the government was evolving plans on making tourism as one of the significant revenue generators in the State, he that said all the concerned will be involved in framing the policy, which he assured would go a long way in boosting tourism and creating more jobs in the sector.

MLA Vasu, who presided, said although Mysore region had a vast potential for tourism, the sector has not grown on expected lines with many tourists not opting to stay here for more than a day. The government should take note of this and take measures to develop the infrastructure in the region, he added.

MLA Tanveer Sait suggested for framing a tourism booster policy for the region on the lines of Special Economic Zones (SEZ).

On the occasion, Mysore Autrorickshaw Owners Association presented a memorandum to the Minister to launch ‘Maitri’ autos for tourists during Dasara.

Also, the Guest Lecturers Welfare Association submitted a memorandum to the Minister seeking a hike in the honorarium being paid to guest lecturers while Youth Congress leader Mohith Gowda appealed the Minister for a reduction in University exam fee.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore