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Tourism, the Face-saver
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Tourism, the Face-saver

October 3, 2019

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC Five percent growth in Gross Domestic Products (GDP) ! There is a recession staring on our Indian economy. The Government in its wisdom has announced several fiscal stimulus, aimed at giving the necessary push to the economy. Ironical, the banks are flush with funds but no private players…

Tourism, gone with the wind
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Tourism, gone with the wind

July 25, 2019

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC A recent news item says it all: “A sharp dip in the foreigners visiting Mysuru.” A drop of 50 percent !   Alarm bells should be ringing all over  but no one is bothered. Our former Tourism Minister S.R. Mahesh was more busy visiting the Mysore Race Club (MRC)…

Balamuri, Edamuri Cauvery barriers turning into DEATH TRAPS
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Balamuri, Edamuri Cauvery barriers turning into DEATH TRAPS

July 3, 2019

106 tourists killed in the last 14 years By Vinay Karekura Srirangapatna: The scenic Balamuri and Edamuri tourist spots, about three kilometres from Belagola in Srirangapatna taluk where River Cauvery flows, most of the times with turbulence, are becoming death traps with the number of tourists drowning increasing by the day.  It may be recalled…

Save Kodagu from over-tourism
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Save Kodagu from over-tourism

June 20, 2019

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC Aaj ka taaja khabar: The tourist  spots, Nainital, Rishikesh and Haridwar have been  submerged. Not by nature but by tourists! The unusually hot weather conditions in North India combined with holidays, these Hill Stations have been completely submerged by tourists. All the hotels are overflowing so much so…

Holiday Designers: The latest trend
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Holiday Designers: The latest trend

May 2, 2019

By N.K.A. Ballal,  Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC The United Nations World Tourism Organisation has predicted that India will account for 50 million out-bound tourists by 2020 — a sharp increase from the present figure of 25 million. The same report says that Indian tourists  are among the highest spenders per visit  in the world  and…

Tourism on the Rise
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Tourism on the Rise

November 22, 2018

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC Disneyland is a one-of-its-kind international attraction. These huge amusement parks are not put up in Tier-2 cities like Mysuru as such high investments require a huge footfall to sustain. The only city which can host a Disneyland kind of investment is Bengaluru. How can an architect based in Jaipur…

Minister promises to boost Tourism in State
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Minister promises to boost Tourism in State

October 6, 2018

Mysuru: Tourism and Sericulture Minister S.R. Mahesh assured to make all possible efforts to develop the State as second best tourist hub of the country as the State has been ranked seventh in attracting the tourists. He was speaking after inaugurating Travel log’18, a two-day National Seminar on ‘Tourism and the Digital Transformation,’ organised by…

A Minister in a Hurry ?
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A Minister in a Hurry ?

July 5, 2018

Our Minister wants to implement his vision both on Tourism and Sericulture but who is going to implement his vision? The same tired lot of government servants who do not have any new ideas or vision !   First and foremost, the Minister should form a Core Team of officials, starting from a dynamic Secretary (Tourism). The…

Tourism Arrivals: Where is Karnataka?
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Tourism Arrivals: Where is Karnataka?

May 3, 2018

By N.K.A. Ballal, Retd. Sr. Vice-President, ITDC Just one look at the stats released by the Ministry of Tourism for the year 2016 says it all. Surprise, surprise, Tamil Nadu has emerged as the premium destination for both domestic and international tourists, beating the much-touted Uttar Pradesh with its Taj Mahal and other talked about…

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