How to make tourism a real money spinner
Do you think tourism can generate good revenue? Give suggestions for the same.
Tourism is a huge money spinner. There are hundreds of thousands of people who survive only on the basis of income generated from activities related to tourism. To give a simple example, there are some four thousand families who survive on the tourist income generated out of just one temple in Tamil Nadu -- the gigantic Meenakshi Amman temple in Tamil Nadu. There are hundreds of shops within the temple premises and there are hundreds of tourist operators who operate buses, vans, cars and what have you, from various parts of the country, to visit this temple.
Ditto for the two superb tourist spots in Tamil Nadu -- Kodaikanal and Ooty, the two top hill stations.
Ditto for Bangalore and Mysore in Karnataka, that are superb cities and tourist spots in their own right.
However, a lot more is important if we can make tourism a real money spinner. There is an urgent need to improve public transport to such places and there should be special buses on an everyday basis. There should be shared autos too.
Secondly, there should be good information available in as many languages as possible, so that tourism flourishes in these places. Thirdly, there should be a huge involvement of the local authorities and private parties in keeping the tourist spots as clean as possible.
In India, the temples need renovation at regular intervals, and there is an urgent need to clean them up on a daily basis. This is very important too.
Tourism packages should be worked out, without appropriate discounts, to encourage middle class and the poor people to also visit the tourist spots.
Water and rest room arrangements have to be made far better than what they are now.
While each of the aforesaid steps may involve some Government intervention, it is more appropriate to give a professional management touch to tourism to take it to greater heights. One can learn a lot from the "God's Own Country" superb and successful campaign of Kerala.