Published on : Monday, August 5, 2019
Andhra Pradesh added two awards – Best State for Religious Tourism and Best State for MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions) at three-day India International Travel Mart (IITM) organised at Bengaluru.
Visakhapatnam found favour with corporates searching for an off-beat destination to conduct business conferences. People are regarding tourism opportunities at Tirupati.
Pravin Kumar, Andhra Pradesh Tourism Authority (APTA) CEO and Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) managing director (MD) said that the corporates wanted an alternative off-beat destination in India apart from Goa. AP handed their own offering on a platter to them. As they showed interest in Visakhapatnam, numerous inquiries followed suit. Overwhelming interest regarding Tirupati and Visakhapatnam among the event visitors prompted the organisers to present the above-mentioned awards.
He said on the second day that tourism is one of the key growth escalators of the country. There is development of an adventure complex, with adventure sports, at Gandikota; also known as the Grand Canyon of India is our top priority.
Andhra Pradesh is one of the partner states of IITM whose objective is to provide opportunities for professionals from the tourism industry to meet and showcase a diverse range of destinations and industry sectors to Indian and international travel professionals. This is an arena for people to meet, network, negotiate and conduct business.
IITM was inaugurated by Andhra Pradesh Tourism and Culture department, principal secretary Praveen Kumar and APTDC MD Pravin Kumar.