Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy on Thursday said the Government was doing everything required to make Andhra Pradesh in general and the Capital in particular, a ‘safe’ destination, apart from being the best.

He was addressing an impressing gathering after giving away the awards for excellence in tourism, at the inaugural of the Festival of Andhra Pradesh, coinciding with the AP Formation Day celebrations.

Dr. Reddy recalled the way Hyderabadis had bounced back to normalcy after the recent twin blasts that took 43 lives. “Possibly in no other State could the Cabinet have taken a decision to increase the strength of the police force by 38,000 in one meeting,” he said. Others present were Minister for BC Welfare Mukesh Goud and Secunderabad MP M. Anjan Kumar Yadav. G. Sudhir, Principal Secretary, Tourism welcomed the gathering, while T.K. Dewan, Chairman, APTDC, presented a report on the corporation’s activities to improve tourist facilities.

In all, 20 awards were given away to stakeholders in the tourism industry under 11 categories. The Chowmahalla Palace in the old city was named the Best-maintained Heritage Monument.

Award winners

Hotels that got the awards are: The Park in Visakhapatnam (Five-star), Green Park, Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam, D.V. Manor, Vijayawada (Four-star), Minerva Grand, Secunderabad, Hotel Daspalla, Visakhapatnam, Fortune Kences Hotel, Tirupati, Fortune Murali Park, Vijayawada and River Bay, Rajahmundry (Three-star).

Institute of Hotel Management, Catering Technology & Applied Nutrition, Hyderabad, , Indo-American Institutions, Visakhapatnam, Westin College of Hotel Management, Vijayawada and Government Degree College for Women, Guntur, were named as Best Tourism Educational institutions. A product of Kalanjali Creations, Guntur was adjudged the Best film on AP Tourism, while Livewires Advertising and I. Mamatha were recognised for ‘Excellent Travel Writing’ in English and Telugu, respectively. John Wilson was named Best Tourist Guide.

Café D’Lake at the Necklace Road was the Best Restaurant and Pragati Resorts in adjoining RR district was named as the Best Eco-friendly Tourism Project.