Tamil Nadu puts tourism back on the map – The New Indian Express


By Express press service

CHENNAI: During the year of the DMK government led by Chief Minister MK Stalin, the Ministry of Tourism has successfully delivered reminders to a sector hit hard by the pandemic. The government is keen to develop tourism in the state. One of the main programs is to formulate a tourism destination development program. Under the scheme, new destinations in the state will be developed and existing facilities will be upgraded, Sandeep Nanduri, Director of Tourism and Managing Director of Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation, told TNIE.

The government is also in the final stages of developing a tourism policy aimed at establishing tourism as an industry. Water sports and beach activities will also be developed at five sites. Besides these adventures, work is underway to develop caravan and camping tourism, Nanduri added.

VKT Balan, Founder and Chairman of Madura Travel Service Limited, said, “Over the past 10 years, tourism in Tamil Nadu has not seen any development. Public-private partnership initiatives have been ignored and stakeholders’ opinions or suggestions have not been taken into account.

However, in the last year of the DMK rule, many changes have been made. “We see signs of renewal. The Chief Minister gives importance to the sector and after years the government is struggling to grant permits for passenger vehicles,” Balan added.

The government is also developing trekking tourism in the western hills. It will also provide employment opportunities for the tribal population in the area, he said. “Although we are seeing developments, a year is still too early to judge. But a lot of positive things are happening.

The revival of the Hop on Hop off tour is one of them. The Chess Olympiad in Mahabalipuram can also attract a lot of people,” said T Natarajan, CEO of GRT Hotels and Resorts Private Limited. He added that the government is taking this sector in the right direction, giving opportunities to all stakeholders.

A tour operator said the current government is focusing on organizing exhibitions and melas, which is a welcome move. Tamil Nadu has many places of worship and is known for its culture. The state has the ability to attract many international and domestic tourists.

Major projects

  • Sound and light shows with 3D laser mapping technology will be set up in four important temples in PPP mode in partnership with the HR&CE department
  • Muttam Beach and Tirparappu Falls in Kanniyakumari will be developed with modern facilities at Rs 6.6 crore
  • Muthupettai mangrove forest area in Tiruvarur to be developed with boats, walkways and bird watching bridges at Rs 4 crore
  • Poondi Dam for water sports, boat rides, adventure activities and bird watching decks at Rs 3 crore
  • Kolavai Lake in Chengalpattu will also offer bridges for boating, water sports and bird watching at Rs 1.50 crore
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