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Published on : Sunday, July 31, 2016
The Bengaluru Tourism Advisory Committee (BTAC) has ten members and is headed by IT/BT and tourism minister Priyank Kharge. They have been given a three month time-frame to build Brand Bengaluru. Priyank said, “A detailed project report will be prepared based on the panel’s suggestions. The implementation will start in the fifth or sixth month”. He added that the panel has given the task of recognising the tourist centres in the city and chart up the events that will be happening annually.
Priyank also added, "Bengaluru turns 480 this year and we are planning to hold an event to celebrate the city, and turn it into an annual affair." 18 lakh passengers were registered in Kempegowda International Airport in 2015, but most of them didn’t turn into tourists. Priyank said, “It is estimated that if at least 25% of the travellers spend one day in the city, a minimum revenue of USD 450 million will be generated.” He also added that the Hyderabad-Karnatak region will have a similar advisory committee in sometime. On the controversy surrounding Venkatappa Art Gallery, Priyank said, “We are examining the legal options and will arrive at a decision soon.”
The members include architects Naresh V Narasimhan, urban expert V Ravichander, Ex-additional chief secretary Subir Hari Singh, legal expert Siddartha Raja, and Narendra Pirgal, hospitality expert Sunder Raju and conservationist at Intach Satya Prakash Varnasi.