Collector S. Suresh Kumar has called for a concerted effort to protect historic monuments in the district, which have excellent potential to attract tourists.

He said Amravathi, Bapatla, Vinukonda, and several other places draw a sizeable number of tourists, and a larger number of them could be attracted by creating necessary infrastructure and maintaining the monuments in a clean way.

Addressing a programme organised in connection with the World Tourism Day on Thursday, Mr. Suresh Kumar said youth should be encouraged to visit historic places in order to learn about the diverse cultures and pass them on to posterity.

Guntur district had no dearth of tourist attractions, but what was needed was their promotion and sustaining the interest of visitors.

Buddhist monuments in the district evoked the interest of tourists from around the world, the Collector added.

District Revenue Officer K. Naga Babu said efforts were being made for developing Kondaveedu Fort and its surroundings into a major tourist attraction. Similarly, a grand project of developing Nagarjuna Sagar was also on the anvil.

RDO P. Venkata Ramana and District Tourism Officer Sk. Heera and others were present.

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