New Delhi: Karnataka can double domestic
tourists inflow in the next five years from 33 million in
2009 provided it sets up a task force to encourage and
facilitate investments in the sector, a study has said.
A dedicated task force should be set up which could be on
the lines of single-window clearance to attract more
investments, according to a study jointly done by FICCI and
"The task force should not only focus on the
implementation aspect of various schemes and development of
the suitable infrastructure in tourism, but should also
coordinate with all government departments on behalf of the
investor," the study said.
The industrial state of Karnataka can double domestic
tourist arrivals to 62 million from 33 million in 2009, it
The study called for maximum participation of the local
"The government should give a push to the local
entrepreneurs to take up tourism projects. This would create
more employment opportunities and prevent alienation of
locals," it said.
The study said the government should also encourage
investment in small and medium tourism enterprises as the
growth of these would lead to more sustainable tourism
development in the state.
It also recommended other measures including micro
public-private-partnership initiatives, development of
governance system for eco-tourism ventures and augmentation of
transport infrastructure to double the tourist arrival.