The state tourism department, which had formed an expert committee to review the tourism sector, will apprise Chief Minister MK Stalin today about the steps taken by the department to bail out the sector.
Officials from Tamilnadu Tourism Department, Tamilnadu Tourism Development Corporation and stakeholders are to attend the high-level meeting at the Secretariat, a press release said. It added that the department Minister M Mathivendan had already conducted a meeting on post-COVID tourism recovery plan with the expert committee and these recommendations will be handed over to the Chief Minister for further administrative orders, the release added.
Presentations on the number of foreign and domestic tourist arrival, the impact of the coronavirus lockdown, potential in TN for tourism are the subjects to be discussed in the meeting, an informed senior official said. Proposals like the conversion of dams and water catchment areas into tourist sites and the proposal for creating new helipad services connecting hilly tourist spots are among the topics to be discussed.
Poondi dam, Island Grounds identified for upgrade
Poondi dam is identified as a potential one-day weekend get out for Chennaiites. A team of tourism officials have already started exploring the options of constructing new rest houses and developing the dam into a tourist spot, the official said adding water sports will be an area where more thrust will be given in the current fiscal.