Bangalore: Karnataka Tourism has shortlisted over 250 international projects along with Indian prospective investors who have had past success in introducing heritage, beach and eco tourism projects across the world.
Over 100 prime investors, including leading hotel and resort groups in India are expected to participate in the meet, which was held just weeks ahead of the opening of the new Bangalore International Airport.
Referring to road connectivity, Vittalamurthy said the tourism deparment has sanctioned Rs40 crore to the Public and Works Department to develop roads leading to important tourist destinations in the state.
“We have requested the finance department to allocate Rs100 crore for the same purpose in the next budget”, he said, adding the department hoped to provide road connectivity to all tourist destinations across the state in the next two to three years.
Karnataka tourism has acquired 10 acres of land behind Belur temple to provide accomodation to tourists, Vittalamurthy said.
With good accomodation being the top requirement to attract tourists besides other facilties like amusement parks and shopping arcades, he suggested that heritage homes in places like Belur, Hampi and Somnathpura could be coverted to ‘Heritage or Boutique hotels´, he said.
To give eco tourism further impetus, Vittalamurthy said a workshop would be conducted this month on formulating an eco-tourism policy.
To a query on protecting Heritage monuments, he said besides measures taken by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), Heritage Clubs are being promoted. They involve local residents and school children for the purpose.