AP Chief Minister unveils new program bouquet for active tourism promotion

AP Chief Minister unveils new program bouquet for active tourism promotion

Hon’ble Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh (AP) Shri N. Chandrababu Naidu, commemorating the World Tourism Day 2016 – ‘Tourism for All’ – promoting universal accessibility, unveiled a plethora of activities to promote tourism in Andhra Pradesh. 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 in Bhogapuram, Dagadarthi (Nellore) and Orvakallu (Kurnool).

To further promote tourism around Bhavani Island the government is also forming a Special Purpose Vehicle called ‘Bhavani Island Tourism Company’ which will be actively engaged in planning and development of islands in River Krishna and river front on its banks. Government will also construct 9 jetties along the coast for Andhra 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, young children, senior citizens thereby creating an environment of convenience and comfort for all our tourists.”

With an aim to promote Andhra cuisine to international and global platter the state government will host a Culinary Olympics next year in Visakhapatnam and within six months traditional Andhra cuisines such as ‘Pootharekulu’ etc. 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.

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

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