In an exclusive interview with T3FS, Mr. Har Sahay Meena, I.A.S Commissioner of Tourism & Managing Director, Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation speaks about the beauty of Tamil Nadu and tourism’s new upcoming Projects.
Tamil Nadu is resplendent with abundant tourist attractions. The multifarious tourist attractions include historical monuments and forts, towering temples and places of worship, green mountain valleys and tea gardens, long coastline of 1076 km. and pristine beaches, flora and fauna. Tamil Nadu offers five UNESCO – World Heritage Attractions – Mamallapuram, Thanjavur, Darasuram, Gangaikonda Cholapuram and Nilgiri Mountain Railway.
when we talk about the tourist arrival in Tamil Nadu Mr. Har Sahay Meena, I.A.S
Commissioner of Tourism & Managing Director, Tamilnadu Tourism Development Corporation said “Tamil Nadu is ranked first in India for the first time in both domestic and foreign tourist arrivals as per the tourism data of 2014 besides being a health tourism hub. Tamil Nadu received 3275.55 lakh domestic tourists and 46.58 lakh foreign tourists during 2014.”
“Tamil Nadu Tourism has been selected “Tranquebar – Best Civic Management of a Tourist Destination” for “National Tourism Award” for the year 2013-14 by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India. His Excellency the President of India has given the award to Tamil Nadu Tourism on 18.9.2015.” he added
Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu in the speech at Global Investors Meet held in Chennai on 9th September, 2015 has said to the participants that make the most of this visit and use the opportunity to visit the historic city of Chennai and the many places of cultural and historical significance in Tamil Nadu. Tamil Nadu receives the largest number of international and domestic tourists amongst all the States in India.
Tamil Nadu Tourism has been celebrating Indian Dance Festival 2015 at Mamallapuram during December – January every year. Last year it was celebrated with great pomp and vigor with the Artistes from all over the Country.
“In the recent times, with a view to take Tamil Nadu Tourism to new heights, we are promoting Adventure Tourism activities to attract youth and adventure tourists. Tamil Nadu Tourism conducted Sail and Surf Festival at Manapad in Thoothukudi District during January 2015 and at Kovalam during September 2015 and Hot Air Balloon Festival at Pollachi in Coimbatore District during January 2015. Moreover we are conducted Parasailing Event at Marina Beach, Chennai during August 2015.
We participated in the foreign travel marts like PATA, WTM, London and ITB, Berlin during 2014 and 2015”. Said Mr. Meena.
While talking about the new plans Mr. Meena informed us that Tamilnadu Tourism has planned to conduct parasailing, hot air ballooning programme at Pollachi, Handlooms and Handicrafts Mela in coordination with Co-optex and Poompuhar Handicrafts and Food Festival with hospitality industry in the coming periods.