Andhra Pradesh tourism thinking of making changes in tourism policy

 Thursday, March 29, 2018 

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Andhra Pradesh to host investor’s meet to promote tourism and hospitalityThe Andhra Pradesh government is thinking of making changes in the tourism policy in order to make it more investor-friendly, according to Tourism Minister Akhila Priya.

 
Taking part in a discussion in the Assembly, Ms. Akhila Priya said that the target is to attract domestic and international tourists and bring investments in the tourism sector of around ₹10,000 crores and contribute to 8 % of the State GDP by 2020.

 
The Minister added that steps are also being taken to create an additional 5 lakh jobs in the department of tourism.

 
Ms. Priya said that their focus is on developing high-revenue market-focussed tourist products and services, creating world-class tourist destinations with unique experience, promotion of partnerships with stakeholders, acceleration of tourism infrastructure development and designing investor-friendly policies.

 
The minister added that creating three MICE centres with world class facilities is in their agenda. The department is also trying to develop a water policy, the minister said. She said that a total of 49 MoUs were signed in 2017-18 for starting hotels, resorts, convention centres, amusement parks, adventure activities and agro-based and other tourism projects.

 
The tourism department of the state is also making partnership with leading travel firms like Ola and Make my Trip. The department had also received a good number of awards in recognition of its efforts.

 
Ms. Priya added that a tribal tourism circuit was being developed under the Swadesh Darshan scheme by linking places like Anantagiri, Borra Caves, Lambasingi, Daspalla and a few other surrounding villages at a cost of ₹183 crores. Similarly, under Rayalaseema Heritage Circuit, Lepakshi temple, Penukonda and Goothi forts, Bugga Ramalingeswara Swamy temple, Balum Caves, Gandikota and Ahobilam are being developed at an estimated cost of ₹136 crores.

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