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Belgaum to become ‘Tourism Hub’Saturday October 27 2007 15:06 IST

Belgaum is going to be a ‘Tourism Hub’, thanks to the Department of Tourism which has decided to make Belgaum as the centre point and organise tours to different tourist spots in and around Belgaum district.

According to C Somashekhar, director of Department of Tourism, the surrounding tourist spots like Badami, Pattadkallu, Bijapur, Dharwad, Hampi, Banavasi, Karwar and some other places would be covered making Belgaum as a centre point.

Speaking to reporters here on Thursday, Somashekhar said the tourist spots surrounding Belgaum district would be developed and at the same time brochures highlighting the details of these spots would be published.

He said a Tourism Conclave would be established in Belgaum. A meeting of hoteliers, private tour operators, intellectuals and those who are interested in tourism activities would be convened in Belgaum in November to chalk out the detail programmes of Conclave, he informed.

Somashekhar said ‘Sadhan Keri’ (Dharwad) - the place where D R Bendre, the noted Kannada poet was born - would be developed with a cost of Rs 2 crore. He said the Tourism Department has chalked out a programme exclusively for SC/ST students to develop a love for tourism. From each district about 200 SC/ST students would be selected and would be taken to tourist spots located in south India, he said. The scheme involves at least Rs 4 crore and the scheme would be launched from December, he added.

Belgaum deputy commissioner M E Shivalingmurthy was present in the press meet.

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