Karnataka will join International Tourism Map soon, says Bommai

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Bengaluru, Sep 28: Karnataka tourism will soon be included in the International Tourism Map, said Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai in Bengaluru on Wednesday.

Speaking at a function organised in connection with the release of Revised Tourism Policy for the year 2020-26 and distribution of incentive for the registered tourist guides to mark the World Tourism Day celebrations, he said Karnataka needs to make one crore people visit the State in the next three years from the current 30 lakh tourists.

The footfall of tourists has increased, he said and wanted more foreign tourists must be attracted to give jobs to locals.

Karnataka has the best tourist places which are ideal for the promotion of tourism. The forts of Kalaburagi and Bidar are fantastic. All these are our property and there is a big scope for tourism if these assets are improved. They have got all these from their ancestors and it must be introduced to the whole world, he said.

The Chief Minister said the State Government is doing the job of recognising them.

Coordination needed

Bommai said the departments of Tourism Development, Revenue and PWD must work as a team along with the Tourism Department. The existing places of tourist will be fully utilised to promote tourism. They need to make Karnataka world famous. This requires the support of everyone.

"Saint Kanakadasa was born in Shiggaon taluk and it was also the karma bhumi of Saint Shishunala Sharif but these places are not developed. The excavation by the Department of Archeology has discovered a small palace. There is a fort of Kanakadasaru and a palace,’’ he said.

Efforts are made to keep the saint alive by constructing a 4D studio and other measures. Now thousands of people from other states visit these places every year.

Bommai said that Anand Singh after becoming Tourism Minister has chalked out new plans for the promotion of tourism.
Revival of Yaana, ropeway in Chikkamagalur and hotels have been taken up. New circuits are formulated and Singh has a major role in this endeavor. More improvement will be made in tourism with private and public participation in the coming days, he said.

Dedication, honest work must

He called upon the tourist guides to work with dedication and honesty and never lie or mislead tourists.

The Karnataka tourist guides must become number one and every tourist must talk about their honesty in guiding visitors. The officials of the Tourist Department must become active and make optimum use of their capacity to improve tourism.

In fact, he said the hotel industry has a lot of opportunities in the tourism industry.

The construction of three-star hotels in Hampi, Badami and Belur as well as development are taking place and they must make use of it. The local youths should get jobs and Karnataka has to become world-famous.

The Chief Minister said technology has brought in changes in the tourism sector and this industry has been a main focus in some of the countries in the world. It is growing in the country too.

Both government and private sectors must create good infrastructure for the development of tourism. Tourists expect good boarding, good food and good services. More jobs are created because of this industry, he said.

Bommai said Karnataka is blessed with the wonders like Hampi, Belur, Halebid, Golgumbaz and Jain Basadis created by kings. By protecting these historic monuments they can attract tourists. These architectural marvels must be introduced to the people.

UNESCO has already identified Hampi as a World Heritage Centre and shortly Belur and Halebid are expected to be included in that list. The Badami caves and Ajanta Caves are old and important but tourists do not know much about it.

Bommai said two tourist circuits are being worked. One is Belur, Halebid, Somanathapur and surrounding places and is called 'Mysuru Circuit', and another circuit includes Badami, Pattadakal and Hampi called 'Hampi Circuit.’

The plan is being readied to take these two circuits to international level. Visiting this website will give the complete information about those places and both the circuits are expected to function in the next two months.

The State Government has also given importance to temple tourism, nature tourism, he said pointing out that Rs 900 crore has been earmarked for the development of Jog Falls and Anjanadri Hill and a 600 room tourist dormitory will be constructed. The Government of India has given concession to Coastal Regulation Zone for the development of coastal areas, he added.




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  • Fernandes, Mangalore.

    Thu, Sep 29 2022

    Repair the road infrastructure first. Otherwise Karnataka road's fame will spread the world

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  • Alwyn, Mangalore

    Thu, Sep 29 2022

    Travelers are always looking for inspiration to guide their adventures. Coming up with a list of places to visit can be challenging when you're staring at a globe. What are the top tourist attractions in the world? The most iconic sites that all travelers have on their bucket-list of things to see around the globe? Some destinations just stand out above the rest. Many are the type of places where you can take a photo, and it requires no explanation to identify the location: the Eiffel Tower or the Colosseum. But some places are less well known to new travelers or those who have not yet ventured out to the more exotic destinations. These can often be the most rewarding to visit. For many of these attractions, it's what they symbolize and the destinations they represent that make them so significant. In other cases, it is the site itself that makes it worth visiting the country. Some of these are the more popular UNESCO World Heritage sites. 1. Eiffel Tower, Paris 2. The Colosseum, Rome 3. Statue of Liberty, New York City 4. Machu Picchu, Peru 5. The Acropolis, Athens 6. The Taj Mahal, India 7. Pyramids of Giza, Egypt 8. Great Wall of China 9. Angkor Wat, Cambodia 10. Petra, Jordan 11. Grand Canyon, USA 12. Stonehenge, England 13. Borobudur, Indonesia 14. Niagara Falls, Canada & USA 15. Bagan, Myanmar 16. Sydney Opera House 17. Mount Kilimanjaro 18. The Louvre, Paris 19. Forbidden City, China 20. Prague Castle, Czech Republic 21. Chichen Itza, Mexico 22. Corcovado and Cristo Redentor, Rio de Janeiro 23. Château de Versailles, France 24. Mount Fuji 25. Central Park, New York City The best in the world is ....Karnataka States BJP's proud "GAUSHALA" Hope million will come and look at our cows soon, Wow Bommae great job!!!

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  • Alfria, Manglore/Mumbai

    Thu, Sep 29 2022

    During monsoon so much advertisements done that the world knows it's a tourist destination so no need advertising , and with your hate group BD, RS and hate mongers speech everyone wants to come to karnataka

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  • flavian dsouza, blr

    Thu, Sep 29 2022

    Sir good initaitive but poor tourist guides earn less then 150 rupees ..

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Thu, Sep 29 2022

    With the nuisance of moral police and Ram sena critics on Western culture and Hindu activists how you can expect Western tourist to flourish in Karnataka. These trouble makers keep eagels eye watch on coyples and may interfere if a couple is relaxing at the beech or public garden. First contro their illigal role in the society.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, New York

    Wed, Sep 28 2022

    Foreigners love Beef ...

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  • Rajan, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 28 2022

    Poor infrastructure.. getting cheated by autos and taxis ..garbage etc .. chaos on the streets ..good and safe drinking water .. hygiene .. .. Every place of interest internationally has an evening life .. good guides .. or good information.. presentation .. an auditorium explaining all historical facts ..sound and light .. easy maps .. within a complex ...rest rooms .. clean eating places .making sure no .dust in the air .. A place like hampi .. world famous .. heritage .. a great kingdom which was in glory .. What is the tourist infrastructure.... Dust .. poor connectivity .. good hotel exorbitantly priced .. Poorly maintained .. poorly presented ..cheats every corner ... ... So Honestly we have to ask .. are we matching These. Standards ...requirements ..by international tourists .... To get a good .. clean .. toilets functioning .. room Etc and stay ..and other comforts one has to stay in 5 star hotels .. nothing in budget range .. So hippie type tourists can be expected who will hardly contribute to the economy.. possibly a menace .. spoiling local Culture and habits ..

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  • SRM, Shirva/Mumbai

    Wed, Sep 28 2022


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  • Santan Mascarenhas, Kinnigoli/Bangalore

    Wed, Sep 28 2022

    A tourist needs safety and security. Social needs, love and belonging, the need to be accepted and valued by people of the places they visit. In Bangalore, a man asked me, where I am from and I replied, Mangalore. He told me presently, owing to the news he reads in newspapers, he said Mangalore is a rogue district and news comes everyday of rascals there. If a tourist comes to know the facts of our district, he will not come to visit.

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  • Chandu, Karla

    Wed, Sep 28 2022

    It costs nothing to dream about all these daily Bullet trains without tracks......wow feeling like on the silver ⛱️🏖️ beaches of tropical islands like Maldives, Mauritius and Sychelles without swimming gears....??!!!!!??????

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  • Manohar, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 28 2022

    Keep the percentage little low. 40% is too high!

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  • Mangalorean, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 28 2022

    Tourism in Karnataka is nothing more than just a dream. Nobody will visit the communal state with all kinds of bans and harassment of minorities.

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  • Allan Dcosta, Kinnigoli/ Abu Dhabi

    Wed, Sep 28 2022

    Not sure if it will join international tourism map, but one thing for sure it is already listed in world list for having infamous incidents especially mangalore which should have been a paradise on earth for natural tourism. Instead of attracting tourists it's happening on the opposite side. Just compare mangalore to bangalore and you will find lot of difference. People of mangalore are very friendly and hospitality is number 1. But certain section of unwanted categories of unwanted organisations are ruining it. Not allowing people to do what they want if their choice, boys and girls can't walk together- but they can eve tease girls, cannot extend night life or night fun in clubs or pubs- but they can hit people going there and later can drink and eat and loot for free.. Also if you see overall there is huge day and night difference before u can recognise it internationally. We don't even have a lounge at our so called international airport, leave alone proper public transport from the airport. The list goes on and on...

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