Addressing the two-day workshop of the newly appointed District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC) Secretaries for all the 14 districts in the state, Tourism Minister PA Mohamed Riyas has mandated them to look out for suitable sites for setting up Caravan Parks in their respective districts. The process of identifying new projects should be done with extreme transparency and should not act under any pressure from external forces, the Minister said.
While the primary responsibility of the DTPC secretaries is to identify unexplored destinations across the state, the Minister said that they also have the responsibility to protect and maintain the valuable tourism assets in the state.
“It is primarily your responsibility to explore the unexplored destinations. The government has a perspective about tourism that development of this key sector should also bring benefits to the people. The DTPCs should function in tune with the government policies,” Riyas said.Emphasising the need to protect and preserve invaluable tourism assets, the Minister said the DTPC could draw up projects and get the department’s support for them if that was required for proper maintenance of such properties.
Riyas said discussions have been held for inter-departmental collaboration for initiatives such as wellness tourism, hydel tourism, cinema tourism and Foodie Wheels.
Director- Tourism, VR Krishna Teja asked the DTPC Secretaries to follow a proper mechanism to disseminate information to tourists in each district. The DTPC offices must keep a foolproof system for providing information to tourists regarding the facilities and services available in the destinations in their respective areas. This requires that each DTPC has a thorough knowledge about each and every destination and its scope for development, besides identifying new potential destinations, he said.Noting that the ultimate goal of DTPCs is development of tourism, Teja said that they should focus on destination management by considering factors like safety and hygiene to increase the footfall. Also, they should facilitate private players and stakeholders to implement novel projects that would redefine the destinations, he added.