Bangalore: Entertainment firm Innovative Studios and Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation on Monday signed a deal to set up an entertainment complex at the metro station on Mysuru Road. This was part of the 30 MoUs the Karnataka Tourism department inked with investors on the second day of the 38th PATA travel mart, here.
Innovative Studios, which operates Innovative Film City on Mysuru Road, will spend about Rs 15 crore on this entertainment complex.
“We have taken the first step to put Karnataka on the tourism map of the world. We will soon convert all of them into reality,” Industries and Tourism minister RV Deshpande told ET.
Bangalore Metro has a large space at its Mysuru Road station (which will be thrown open to traffic soon), and the Metro was keen to give away the space for commercial activity. The entertainment centre will offer gaming and other recreation.
The other tourism projects are set to come up in different districts such as Kodagu, Shivamogga, Vijayapura etc. If all the projects signed were to see light of the day, they will bring investments worth about Rs 1,800 crore.
“We had more than 1,100 delegates from 61 countries and we had representation from almost all the states. Buyers and sellers (of tourism services) are very happy. The event has been a grand success,” Deshpande said. According to additional chief secretary (Tourism) PS Kharola, the Tourism department had done some studies across the state and identified 30 projects with great tourism potential, and these projects had been offered to investors at the event.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who opened the event on Sunday, said Karnataka has seen phenomenal growth in tourist arrivals, which, he said, has grown more than thrice from a mere 24 million a decade ago to 85 million now. The State has two world heritage sites at Hampi and Pattadakal and has the largest number of tourist destinations including heritage, pilgrimage, adventure etc. “We have identified 319 such destinations,” the CM had said.