Department of Tourism, Government of Karnataka (Department) established in 1974, is vested with the responsibility to develop and promote Karnataka Tourism. Department is continuously endeavoring to promote Karnataka Tourism by developing new tourism destinations, fostering new tourism projects and by participating in national and international tourism trade fairs, investors’ meet, road shows, theme campaigns, etc. Department is bestowed with the responsibility of drafting and implementing enabling tourism policies to ensure growth and sustainability of tourism in the State. Department promotes Karnataka Tourism both nationally as well as internationally through its sustained promotion campaigns.
There are 4 government undertakings functioning under the Department of Tourism, namely Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation Limited (KSTDC), Jungle Lodges and Resorts Limited (JLR), Karnataka Tourism Infrastructure Limited (KTIL) and Karnataka Exhibition Authority (KEA), Mysore.