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Mysuru attracts a huge number of tourists during Dasara. However, post-Dasara, there seems to be a lull. Now, the hospitality industry of Mysuru is urging the government to take up activities so that it can attract tourists across the year.

BS Prashanth, President of Federation of Organisations and Association of Mysuru, said, “We see a steady footfall of tourists to Mysuru Palace. So, we request the government to organise tourist festivals in different parts of the city. There is a need to organise cultural programmes across the year in the heritage city. We can look at tourist-friendly programmes like open streets in Mysuru.

President of Mysuru Hotels Owners Association, C Narayana Gowda, said, “There is a need to plan in such a way that there is a yearlong steady flow of tourists to Mysuru. This will give a boost to economic activities in the city. If the local administration plans activities around the year-end, then we can expect another round of tourism push.”
When Ranadeep was the Deputy Commissioner of Mysuru city, a host of events like Maagi festival and Open Street was organised which attracted a number of tourists.

Tourism Minister P.A. Mohamed Riyas said post-Covid period, the key responsibility of the tourism sector is to create more facilities to attract foreign tourists and increase the number of domestic visitors. He was speaking during the inauguration of capital district’s first adventure tourism park at Akkulam Tourist Village. Riyas highlighted that it fulfils all the needs of a modern traveller.

Increase in tourist footfall in Vijayapura
Meanwhile, the other tourist destinations of the state are seeing an increase in footfall. Gol Gombuz is one of the main attractions in northern Karnataka. This ancient monument saw just three foreign visitors in January 2022. However, by October this year, the number of foreign tourists had gone up to 50.

There is a need to plan in a way that there is a year-long flow of tourists. This will give boost to economic activities. More activities can be planned–Narayana Gowda, Hotel Owners Assn

Mallikarjun Bhajantri, Vijayapura’s Tourism department deputy director, said, “We have been seeing a steady rise in tourists both domestic and foreign since January this year. We are hoping to serve more tourists in the coming months.”

Officials said that the local economy in many tourist places is dependent directly on tourism. The tourism sector has incurred heavy losses in the last two years due to the outbreak of covid, subsequent lockdowns and fear associated with travel. However, now with people starting to travel, the hospitality industry is seeing a slight uptick in demand.

In Shivamogga
The authorities are hoping that tourism will get a big boost in Shivamogga as Kalasavalli- Ambaragodlu bridge is likely to play a very important role. The bridge constructed across Sharavathi backwaters will connect the areas of Shivamogga with Singadur temple. In the absence of a bridge, the visitors have to take a detour of 80 kilometres to visit the temple or depend on the ferry service. This 2.14 kilometre long bridge is being constructed at a cost of Rs 124 crore and is likely to be completed by March 2024.

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