Andhra CM unveils new programme to promote tourism in state

By: | Published: September 28, 2016 5:45 PM

Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, N Chandrababu Naidu, while commemorating World Tourism Day 2016, unveiled various activities which the state is undertaking to promote tourism in Andhra Pradesh

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Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, N Chandrababu Naidu, while commemorating World Tourism Day 2016, unveiled various activities which the state is undertaking to promote tourism in Andhra Pradesh and felicitated the winners of State Annual Tourism Excellence Awards 2015-16.

Recently the Steering Committee on greenfield airports headed by the Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India, has given in principle approval to three new airport projects in Andhra Pradesh at Bhogapuram, Dagadarthi (Nellore) and Orvakallu (Kurnool).

To further promote tourism around Bhavani Island, the government is also forming a special purpose body, Bhavani Island Tourism Company, which will be engaged in planning and development of islands in River Krishna and river front on its banks. The government will also construct nine jetties along the coast for the state to cater to tourism.

Speaking on the occasion, Naidu said, “Andhra Pradesh has one of the finest networks of rail, road, ports and airports through which one can reach every nook and corner of the state in the shortest span of time and with utmost convenience. In sync with this year’s theme – Tourism for All – promoting universal accessibility, we endeavour to extend all the facilities to all sections of the society including specially-abled people, children and senior citizens, thereby creating an environment of convenience and comfort for all our tourists.”

He added, “Every economic indicator points out that the road ahead for Andhra Pradesh is very bright and in the coming days the state will flourish in all the aspects, be it job creation, exports, investments etc. Our policies need to be redesigned in accordance with the requirements and we need to innovate ourselves continually and only then will we be able to fulfil our potential.”

With an aim to promote Andhra cuisine on a global platter, the state government will host Culinary Olympics next year in Visakhapatnam. Within six months, traditional Andhra dishes such as Pootharekulu will be developed through R&D at international level. The Department of Tourism is also planning to organise ‘Pulasa Panadaga’ at Kakinada in November this year and ‘Rayalaseema Ruchulu’ in January 2017.

Motivated with an overall agenda to promote tourism in the state, Andhra Pradesh will constitute a statutory board for tourism, culture and heritage in place of the existing departments of tourism, culture and archaeology with separate authorities for tourism, culture and heritage.

The state, which has set out with a rejuvenated outlook to realise its tourism potential, is also inviting its citizens to participate in creating a new logo for AP Tourism.

On the occasion, Naidu also felicitated the winners of State Annual Tourism Excellence Awards 2015-16 in multiple categories such as Best Hotel Category under five star, four star and three star, Best Eco-friendly Hotel, Best Tourist Friendly Airport, Most Innovative Inbound Tour Operator, Best Hospitality & Tourism Educational Institute, Best Film on AP Tourism among others.

Banking on a spoke-hub model with the concept of “one destination leading to many destinations”, the state has segregated itself to five major tourism hubs – Anantapur (Srisailam), Tirupati-Nellore, Kakinada-Konaseema-Rajamundhry, Amravati and Visakhapatnam.

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