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Managing Director, Jungle Lodges and ...
Managing Director, Jungle Lodges and Resorts, Mr. Vinay Luthra, CEO, Karnataka Ecotourism Development Board, Mr. Vijay Mohan Raj, Additional CEO Karnataka Ecotourism Development Board and travel & tourism sector attended the conference.
According to Mr. Vinay Luthra, CEO, Karnataka Ecotourism Development Board, Karnataka which has been a leader in eco-tourism in the country through Jungle lodges and Resorts, should not allow eco-tourism to deteriorate into mass tourism in forest areas, hence a body like KEDB to monitor, facilitate and regulate Ecotourism is required.
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Vinay Luthra, Jungle Lodges and Resorts Ltd, Bangalore.
Mr. K. Viswanatha Reddy, Director Tourism, Govt. of Karnatka, Mr. Vinay Luthra - Managing Director, Karnataka State Transport Development Corporation, Mr. ND Tiwari - Managing Director, Jungle Lodges and Resorts Ltd. were present at the venue to share their views on these two new exciting products.
Mr. Luthra, Managing Director, Karnataka State Transport Development Corporation, shared the New season's plans for Golden Chariot, wherein they intend to take the train to other Southern states including Pondicherry, Tamil Naidu and Kerala.
is the pride of the South and it takes you through the splendours of a glorious land, in a truly royal setting", added Mr. Luthra
on the occasion.
further informed that Golden Chariot
is currently under a thorough refurbhising exercise and soon will be seen with the brand new exteriors and added security features.
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Vinay Luthra, Managing Director, Jungle Lodges, told this website's newspaper that JLR is currently offering Ecotourism consultancy to many states.
We also have Sri Lanka showing very keen interest in partnering with us," Luthra
Tribal communities living in these states would also get benefited by the government setting up eco-tourism spots.He
Saod tribals and people from local communities are the ones who reap the benefits most.They are employed in every sphere of the project and thus almost own it.In fact, their knowledge of the local wildlife, flora, fauna, territory and other skills is highly needed to give guests a fulfilling experience.
Speaking on the future of eco-tourism, Luthra
said that it was only way of upgrading the economy in this sector.
Karnataka to help other states boost eco-tourism
We have received proposals from some of the north eastern states and Madhya Pradesh", Vinay Luthra, managing director, JLR, said.
A heritage hotel is planned there through public-private partnership", Mr Luthra
said.The estimated cost of renovation of the palace would be Rs 1.6 crore.JLR
has also started house-boat services in the back water of river Kali, the first of its kind in the state.JLR
invested Rs 70 lakh for two house-boats and plans to increase the number to keep pace with the demand, Mr Luthra
has also started a resort at Bhadra in Chickmagalur district."We have started 10 cottages during our first phase of operations and we plan to have 10 more cottages after the monsoon season", Mr Luthra
said.The investment is expected to be around Rs 1.5 crore for the project.Another similar project is being set up in Dubare in Coorg district where 10 cottages with an investment of Rs 1.15 crore are being constructed.
Commenting on private players entering the industry, Mr Luthra
said: "There is still enough room for the private players to come in and we welcome private initiatives to promote eco-tourism in the state."