Minister for Tourism Vellamandi N.Natarajan said that 40% of medical tourists to India were visiting Tamil Nadu for treatment.The Minister was in Salem to take part in the World Tourism Day celebrations.Mr. Natarajan said that better medical facilities, expertise and low-cost treatment had improved medical tourism in the State. The government and private hospitals in Chennai, Coimbatore, Vellore, Madurai, Trichy, Thanjavur, Tirunelveli and Nagarcoil were offering better treatment at low cost to the tourists.Regarding tourism development in Salem, Mr. Natarajan said that he would take steps to improve the park and other tourist amenities at Mettur Dam.Mr. Natarajan flagged off World Tourism Day rally from the Mahatma Gandhi stadium here. The rally passed through major thoroughfares and concluded at Hasthampatti junction.In the evening, various cultural events were performed at a private hall.The Minister also presented prizes to students who won in various competitions conducted as part of the World Tourism Day celebrations.On the upcoming by-elections, the Minister said that the AIADMK would win in both the constituencies.
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