Published on : Monday, March 6, 2017
The Andhra Pradesh Tourism Authority (APTA) has collaborated with the UNWTO for promoting sustainable tourism across the state, with an aim to put the state on the international map. 2017 has been declared by the UNWTO as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. To quote Himanshu Shukla, Director, Tourism wing of Andhra Pradesh, “The A.P. Government has grabbed the opportunity. We are the first State in the country to forge a partnership with the global body and [India is] one of the very few nations who have come forward for participation.”
Dr. Taleb Rifai, the UNWTO Secretary General will be inaugurating the A.P. initiative in Berlin on March 8. The themes that A.P. Tourism will focus on are sustainable fishing culture in East Godavari district, beach tourism at Yerada in Visakhapatnam, at Pulicat Lake and in Kondapalli village. To quote Himanshu Shukla again, “We will invite international tourists to visit this picturesque location and experience the local lifestyle.
They can go fishing, share what the locals eat and live their life besides feeling the thrill of the first Godavari river catch.” He said that local fishing community in A.P. uses traditional boats unlike trawlers used in majority of areas in the world for big catch. He said, “But they are harmful to the aqua life. Our boats are not mechanized and they are safe. The Chinese-made nylon fishing nets have not entered the Andhra market as our fishermen use only eco-friendly hand-woven nets. This is a very healthy trend.”
Various migratory birds in Pulicat Lake are a big attraction, and here also, there are no mechanized boats, but only rowing boats. In Araku valley, tourists can have an up, close and personal experience of the tribal culture.