Staff Reporter

Asia Travellers’ Association meeting at Hyderabad from September 16

About 2,000 delegates from 90 countries expected to participate

HINDUPUR: The State government was committed to develop tourism industry in the State by developing world-standard amenities at the tourist attraction centres across the State, Minister for Information and Public Relations and Tourism A. Ramanarayana Reddy stated here on Monday. Accordingly, the government had been enhancing the tourism budget every year.

As part of the government efforts to attract foreign tourists to the State the government was conducting the first Asia Travellers’ Association meeting at Hyderabad from September 16 to 19, he stated while speaking to newspersons here. About 2,000 delegates from 90 countries were expected to take part in the meet, he said. The flow of tourists to the State was increasing steadily due to the government efforts, he noted.

He mentioned that against 3.5 lakh tourists visited the State in 1997, about 7.69 lakh had visited in 2007. To provide better amenities to the tourists on transit the government was developing wayside amenities at 17 places in the State. Of them, the amenities were already constructed at six places including at Kodikonda checkpost in the district.

Tourist amenities were developed with Rs. 65 lakh there and another Rs. 1 crore would be spent for construction of 25 more guest rooms. Besides, Rs. 5 crore was also being spent on the development of amenities at Lepakshi, Hemavathi and Ratnagiri. About Rs. 50 lakh was already released for works in Hemavathi.

Thimmamma Marrimanu was also developed with Rs. 12 lakh and the District Collector had sought another Rs. 70 lakh for provision of tourist amenities. Similarly, Rs. 2 crore was spent at Vemana memorial in Katarupalli for development of tourist amenities, garden and others.

The AP Tourism Development Corporation was also planning to develop 35 budget hotels across the State including one at Anantapur. About 54 guest rooms and other amenities would be provided in the 1.8 acres land in the district headquarters in place of the present roads and buildings guest house. The government had also decided to develop parks and other tourist attractions near irrigation projects including at Penna Ahobilam Balancing Reservoir in the district.

Later, along with Minister for Agriculture N. Raghuveera Reddy Mr. Ramanarayana Reddy inaugurated the ‘Haritha’ wayside amenities of APTDC near Kodikonda checkpost. He also inaugurated the Vemana memoral and tourist amenities at Katarupalli. Zilla Parishad Chairperson T. Kavitha, Hindupur MP G. Nizamuddin, legislators P. Ravindra Reddy and J. Ramaiah and others participated.