India: Karnataka draws up plans for coastal beach tourism

India: Karnataka draws up plans for coastal beach tourism

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Bringing Goa to Karnataka? The state government plans to jazz up beach tourism in the coastal region and has rolled out a special coastal circuit project for the purpose. Forty-one beaches and some islands along the 320-km coastal line of Karnataka, from Karwar to Mangalore have been identified for this and development work will start soon, said RV Deshpande, minister for tourism and higher education. He was addressing the Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry here on Tuesday.

The new tourism policy for the state will be ready by 2014. He said the private sector will be the driving force of the tourism industry in the state and the government will limit itself to the role of a service provider. He said the tourism department has taken the cause of improving connectivity within the state and between prominent tourist places. Infrastructure development in these areas will remain a priority, he said.

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