Bangalore- Ministry of Tourism is organising a conference of Tourism and Culture Ministers of the Southern Region on 28th & 29th October 2021 in Bengaluru, Karnataka.
Union Minister of Tourism, Culture and DoNER G. Kishan Reddy and Chief Minister of Karnataka Basavaraj Bommai are scheduled to address the event.
The event is expected to be attended by the Ministers of State for Tourism, Govt. of India, Senior Officials from various Central Ministries, State Governments, Union Territory Administrations (UTs), Media and industry stakeholders.
According to a statement from the Tourism Ministry, the States and Union Territories of Southern Region are endowed with diverse tourist attractions and each State/UT has its own distinct features.
“The Ministry of Tourism is continuously working on different verticals like infrastructure development, promotion and publicity, skill development etc. to facilitate the development of overall tourism in the region,” the statement reads.
The conference will have sessions wherein the State Governments & UTs from the region will also be making presentations on the status of the tourism sector in their states and latest initiatives being taken by them for development of tourism, it said.
“During the sessions, discussion on Heritage & Cultural Tourism initiatives, Rail Tourism, Skill development, potentiality of Cruise Tourism in the Southern Region etc. will be held,” the statement noted.
The Ministry of Tourism promotes India as a holistic destination including southern region States & UTs on various platforms in Digital, Print and Social Media.
“Since April 2020, under Dekho Apna Desh campaign, the Ministry of Tourism is conducting webinars on various tourism products including dedicated webinars on States & UTs of Southern Region,” the statement further reads. Adding that “the connectivity by air, rail and road to various destinations in the region is excellent and sought-after destinations by many”
The Ministry said it has put in place a System for Assessment, Awareness and Training in Hospitality Industry (SAATHI) to ensure compliance with COVID 19 Safety and Hygiene guidelines and to ensure safety and health of employees / customers.
The Ministry of Tourism undertakes development of infrastructure at tourist destinations across the country under its infrastructure development schemes viz. Swadesh Darshan (SD) and PRASHAD (National Mission on Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual, Heritage Augmentation Drive).
The programme, according to the statement, will have presentations by various Ministries including M/o Tourism, M/o Shipping, M/o Railways and M/o Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Archaeological Survey of India, NeGD, Niti Aayog to apprise the participants about the various projects and initiatives being taken by the Central Government for the development of the region.
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