Tamil Nadu attracts 2.67lakh foreign tourists during Q1, 2023
Tamil Nadu has attracted over 2.67 lakh foreign tourists in the first three months of this year, Minister for Tourism K. Ramachandran has said, reports The Hindu.
Similarly, the number of domestic tourists visited Tamil Nadu in 2021 stood at 11,53,36,719 and it climbed up to 21,85,84,846 in 2022. “Between January and March this year, we’ve received 6,64,90,154 domestic visitors to become major player in India’s tourism industry,” Ramachandran claimed.
He said the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation, which came into existence in 1971, was operating 28 hotels in Tirunelveli, Madurai, Coimbatore, Tiruchi, Salem, Thanjavur, Udhagamandalam, Kodaikanal and Ercaud with 473 air-conditioned rooms and 199 ordinary rooms. In the hill stations, the TTDC had 172 rooms.
The pleasure boat services and water sports being offered with 588 boats at Kodaikanal, Udhagamandalam, Pykara, Ercaud, Muttukaadu, Mudhaliyarkuppam, Pitchavaram, Courtallam and Vaalangkulam were enjoying excellent patronage.
Ramachandran said the Tamil Nadu Government would consider the possibilities of creating tourist-friendly features in the renowned temples in Tirunelveli district.
In the evening, the Minister visited a site close to Manimuthar Dam where the Department of Tourism is planning to create an adventure park with camping facilities on an outlay of INR 5 crore.
“Since Chief Minister M.K. Stalin has announced that Biodiversity Museum and Conservation Centre with an Eco Park would come up on 23 acres near Manimuthar Dam on an outlay of INR 7 crore, this venture by Tourism Department will also add more colour to this area to attract huge number of tourists throughout the year,” he said.
Hotel Tamil Nadu with bar near Tiruunelveli Collectorate campus has been renovated on an outlay of INR 80 lakh. “We offer discounts to senior citizens and the physically challenged in the TTDC hotels,” the Minister said. (Source: The Hindu)