Government representatives who participated in the inauguration of the second edition of the Tamil Nadu Travel Mart and Medical Value Travel Mart showcased the State as the preferred destination for tourism and healthcare.
Inaugurating the three-day event, Fisheries Minister D. Jayakumar said the State was implementing several projects to bring in international and domestic tourists.
“In the area of healthcare, we are planning to set up an air ambulance facility to transfer patients to tertiary care hospitals,” the Minister said. The CM has also signed an MoU to upgrade the skills of healthcare professionals, he added.
Tourism Minister Vellamandi M. Natarajan released a book on tourism. He said in the last seven years, tourism had seen an increase and a remarkable change.
As many as 295 sites had been identified for development as tourism destinations under the Tamil Nadu Integrated Tourism Promotion Programme, said Apurva Varma, Additional Chief Secretary, Tourism, Culture and Religious Endowments Department.
Yogendra Tripathi, Secretary, Union Tourism Ministry, said the government had recognised the potential of tourism and approved 77 projects under Swadesh Darshan and 24 under PRASAD.
T. Natarajan, founder president of Tamil Nadu Travel Mart Society, said of the 82 stalls at the fair, 54 had been put up for medical tourism. Convenor of CII Tamil Nadu Medical Tourism Taskforce S. Chandrakumar said medical tourism was included, as 20% of the travel to the State was for medical treatment.