Tambaram: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin Tuesday released a separate policy for the tourism department. As per the statement issued by Stalin, the ‘Tourism Policy 2023’ is a landmark initiative that aims to propel Tamil Nadu to new heights in the tourism space.
“With this policy, the state can harness its inherent strengths and leverage the power of tourism as a vital catalyst in realising our ambitious goal of achieving a USD 1 Trillion economy by 2030,” Stalin said.
The Tamil Nadu Tourism Policy 2023, which was released by Chief Minister M K Stalin, states that the government will ensure that all anchor tourism sites in Tamil Nadu are technologically equipped for enhanced tourist safety and convenience. Also, it plans virtual tourist information centres across all anchor tourism sites in Tamil Nadu.
Overall, the department plans to concentrate its efforts on 12 different themes. They include adventure, recreation, caravan, rural and plantation, coastal, cultural, medical and wellness, religious, eco, MICE, heritage and firm tourism.
As part of theme park tourism, The State Tourism Department envisages creating one large-format Amusement Park, similar to global theme parks like Disney and Universal Studios, with an area of at least 100 acres on the outskirts of Chennai. The amusement park shall be developed through private sector participation.
In the near term, cities like Chennai, Tiruchirappalli, Madurai, Coimbatore and Kanniyakumari will be developed as gateway hubs and the State Tourism Department may notify more cities/towns as gateway hubs. “An allocation of 5 per cent from the Smart City funds will be dedicated to enhancing tourism infrastructure in primary Gateway Hubs,” it said.