Helitourism to take off in Karnataka to lure more tourists

first_imgKarnataka has finally realised its dream of developing heli-tourism. In a fresh bid to capitalise on the potential of helicopter tourism, the government is working on several initiatives, including dedicated helipads and separate helicopter corridors by involving private players. The government hopes the plan will give an impetus to infrastructure development in a state where land is at a premium and road development is often mired in land acquisition problems.“With the increase in foreign and domestic tourists to Karnataka every year and analyzing the age and income profiles of tourists, there’s immense potential for heli-tourism. With the improvement in connectivity, we hope to see a rise in their visits,” said Pradeep Singh Kharola, Additional Chief Secretary, Tourism Department.The government has identified three circuits to begin with where transport infrastructure is weak viz. Coastal, Heritage and Malnad circuits comprising major tourist and pilgrim centres, with plans for further developments. Tourism experts have also pointed out that helicopters will be useful in medical emergencies, accidents and evacuations.last_img

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