Andhra Pradesh tourism thinking of making changes in tourism policy

 Thursday, March 29, 2018 


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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