Commerce Minister requests KJ Alphons to set up IITTM at Konkan region

Ratnagiri, Konkan

Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu has requested KJ Alphons, the Tourism Minister of State, to set up Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management (IITTM) at Ratnagiri or Sindhudurg to promote the development of this region.

He made his request in writing to Kannanthanam, stating that the Konkan region with its 700 km coastline has huge potential to promote the region as a tourist destination and opening a branch of IITTM will enhance tourism in the area and contribute to the economic development.

“Establishment of a full-fledged institute will not only boost the tourism industry, but will also provide much necessary stimulus to the overall economic development in this backward region,” said Prabhu

“I would request you to consider setting up a full-fledged IITTM at a suitable place in either Ratnagiri or Sindhudurg district. I have requested the Maharashtra Chief Minister to provide land for this,” he wrote in the letter.

Prabhu is hailing from Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra and represents Andhra Pradesh in the Rajya Sabha.

IITTM is an autonomous body under Ministry of Tourism. It offers education, training, research and consultancy in sustainable management of tourism, travel and other allied sectors.