BENGALURU: Efforts are being made by the Mysore Travel Agents Association (MTAA) and the Department of Tourism, Government of Karnataka, to get Air Asia to operate flights via Mysore which boasts a good airport but has few air services.
It is hoped that Air Asia flights operating out of Goa to Chennai and Kochi to Delhi can make stopovers at Mysore.
The objective is to bring in tourists who are interested in Mysore, Coorg and Mangalore as destinations. There is also a plan to start a film city in Mysore too and these flights would be useful in bringing stakeholders in the film industry to Mysore and nearby areas, according to Prashant B S, Chairman of MTTA.
Meanwhile, the MTTA is organizing the Mysore Travel Mart 16 in Mysore city from February 12 to 14. It intends to bring together business tycoons, hoteliers, travel agents and local businesses to develop the travel industry in the region. There will be 85 exhibitors from across the country.
The exhibition of the luxurious Rolls Royce Ghost owned by Ramesh Babu, owner of Ramesh Tours and Travels, Bengaluru, will be the highlight of the tourism expo.
Memories of Mysore, a photography exhibition showcasing old Mysore, will be another attraction. The City’s well-known photographer Amardas will be showing his collection of photos at the event
“The department of Tourism is focusing on promoting Karnataka tourism. The main focus of this mart is the health and wellness prospects of the tourist places and the old Mysore city,” said Sudheer Naik, Vice Chairman, Mysore Travel Mart.
-Ashika A Rao