South India can develop more ECO resorts

South India, naturally endowed with numerous attractions and a vibrant ecosystem, has immense potential for developing of nature-based resorts.

The region receives a good number of tourists from north India and hoteliers see more scope for attracting such tourists keen on exploring nature. According to sources in the hospitality sector, the immense potential has not been tapped properly.

“Foreign tourists to India get discouraged by the traffic jam, touts and harassment they experience. This makes the country not so tourist-friendly. Therefore, Indians should keep in mind the slogan, ‘Atithi Devo Bhava,’ (Guest is God) for making the country tourist-friendly,” a senior hotelier said.

While Karnataka and AP tourism departments promote eco-tourism in a big way, TN is yet to keep pace with its neighbours. In the absence of many heritage hotels, the tourism department could promote resorts in hilly terrain.

APTDC Eco Tourism Deccan Chronicle 19.06.13