Tamil Nadu wants to revive homestay for increased tourism

Published on : Thursday, October 26, 2017

Tamil NaduThe Indian Tourism Ministry’s Incredible India Bed and Breakfast/Homestay Establishments scheme to draw tourists in a bigger way has understandably rekindled the interest of Tamil Nadu’s Tourism Department to pursue a similar initiative it had tried unsuccessfully a few years ago.

According to Tamil Nadu tourism department sources, the initiative launched during 2005-06 was abandoned in Tiruchi district and elsewhere in the State as the quality of accommodation the houses identified for the scheme did not match up to the specified standards in terms of food quality, privacy, safety, proximity and a few other factors.

There was less conformity to the main requirement of owners to live in the houses where a portion is rented out for the scheme though the main objective was to enable the visitors to live with Indian families and have a first-hand feel of the local culture.

The Bed and Breakfast (Homestay) scheme was formulated to encourage locals to participate in tourism promotion and also increasing the room capacity in the State, in the backdrop of Tamil Nadu being projected as enchanting destination for holidaying in southern India.

According to official statistics, more than 25 million domestic tourists and 1.8 million foreign tourists visit Tamil Nadu every year. Thirty per cent of the foreign tourists visiting India also visit Tamil Nadu.

With connectivity to foreign destinations improving significantly in recent years, there was enormous scope for implementing the Central scheme in right earnest, according to officials.

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