Tamil Nadu promotes eco-tourism in a big way

Published on : Thursday, August 19, 2021

For promoting eco-tourism in the state, the Tamil Nadu Wilderness Experiences Corporation, functioning under the forest and tourism departments, has associated with the DMK government.

The tourism sector in Tamil Nadu was facing a lot of pressure with many tour operators and those whose living was reliant on on the sector, shutting down and finding out new avenues after the lockdown and two consecutive waves of the Covid-19 pandemic.

After the DMK government allowed opening of markets and lifted Covid restrictions, the tourism and forest departments started thinkingabout the promotion of eco-tourism on a large scale.

The forest department has already identified five eco-tourism projects in Tamil Nadu and would be joining hands with the tourism department forrestructuring and implementing these projects.

The aim is to generate revenue for both the forest and tourism departments since the potential for trekking and eco-tourism is high in India. Tamil Nadu has already opened up trekking although at a minimum level since the past 10 years.

Tamil Nadu is trying to provide package eco-tourism programmes comprising trekking, jungle safaris, guided tours and adventure tours with backing from the forest and tourism departments.

Chief Minister M.K. Stalin, who himself is a fitness enthusiast, has given the permission to promote eco-tourism, including trekking and adventure tourism.

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