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TOURISM OPPORTUNITIES IN MANGALORE AS A SMART CITY

Akshith Kumar; Saritha Crasta; Bhagyashree

Tourism refers to the trips that include traveling of people outside the place of their residence for the various purposes like pleasure, business, vacations, research or other purposes. Tourism has become one of the important and major sources of income for many countries, and hence it is considered as a separate industry in the present economy. It comprises of the activities which together form one of the fastest growing international sectors. Tourism may be within the traveler’s country or even international.Smart Cities focus on their most pressing needs and on the greatest opportunities to improve lives. They lap a range of approaches- digital and information technologies, urban planning best practices, public-private partnership and policy change-to make a difference. They always put people first. Mangaluru is one of the cities that has been selected for the Smart City Plan along with other 3 cities of Karnataka. Being a historically important place Mangaluru is one of the famous tourist attractions in Karnataka. Mangaluru lies between the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats. The name of the city has been derived from the local Hindu Goddess Mangaladevi, and it is one of the major ports in India. The port of Mangaluru handles almost 75% of India’s coffee exports and a major portion of the country’s cashew exports.Now the city of blues and greens is undergoing the smart City Programme comprising enhancement in the economy and employment favoring, affordable, self-sustained, adequate infrastructure, maintenance, conserving cultural heritage and professionalism in quality services.

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