The state government has decided to revive the bed and breakfast scheme to ensure economical accommodation for tourists in destinations where hotels are not available and will resume hop-on and-hop-off tours covering tourist spots in Chennai.
Guidelines have been formed to register properties for the bed and breakfast scheme, said tourism minister M Mathiventhan at the state assembly on Thursday.
Property owners from across the state will be able to apply online to list their houses as part of the scheme. The tourism department officials will check the building and facilities before approving the request for listing as accommodation for tourists.
The move will be in sync with the efforts to promote tourist arrivals and move by the state government to develop destinations across the state at a time when the number of visitors are increasing gradually. Around 11.54crore tourists visited in 2021 (provisional figures), a majority of them domestic tourists, while the pre-Covid number was 50.11crore. The government has sanctioned ₹30.99crore to develop Kolli hills, Jawadhu hills, Yelagiri hills, Mudaliarkuppam, Thiruvalluvar statue in KanyaKumari, eco-camping sites at hills, forests, dams and coastal areas.
Rules have also been framed for adventure and caravan tourism and for camping sites.
Facilities for tourists including boating, accommodation, parking and others will be set up at Sittar dam, Gundaru dam in Tenkasi district, Kamaraj Sagar dam in Nilgiris, Mudaliarkuppam near Chennai, Pirappin Valasai in Ramanathapuram district.