Special Correspondent

Places of tourism in these parts have not been properly

showcased to attract tourists

VISAKHAPATNAM: There is vast potential for development of tourism in these parts. Lot of improvements can be carried out. However there seems to be a crisis of publicity. Activities and places of tourism in these parts have not been show-cased properly to attract tourists. AP Tourism Development Corporation had chalked out plans to tap the tourist potential from Visakahaptanam, said Chairman and Managing Director of the Corporation, Swarnajit Sen.

Poor publicity

Responding to the felicitations organised jointly by the Visakhapatnam Chapter of YMCA, Air Travellers’ Association (India) and Visakha Christian Council, on his appointment to the Corporation, at the YMCA hall on Saturday, Mr. Swarnajit Sen, a retired Director General of Police, pointed out that there was a general feeling that not much activity was taking place in the city. There was talk of Visakhapatnam becoming an industrial hub. Due to this people seemed to have developed a feeling that Vizag was not the right place to settle. This was all because of poor publicity and the lack of a marketing manager, he said. Rolland Williams, President, Visakahaptnam chapter of YMCA presided.

Long coastline

The State has a long coastline but nothing was done to tap its commercial potential. He said that the Corporation proposed to promote sailing in these parts. Talks had already been held with experts in sailing. Boats from Visakhapatnam to Krishnapatnam, Andaman and others places were proposed. Pleasure cruises from Visakhapatnam to other places like Kakinada and Tiruchi in Tamil Nadu had also been planned, the chairman said.

Air connectivity

The Air Travellers Association president D. Varada Reddy urged Mr. Sen to use his good offices to improve international air connectivity which was essential for development of tourism.

Developing coastal shipping lines, temples circuits and and Buddhist sites in the three districts of Srikakulam, Viziaagaram and Visakhapatnam, were the others areas that needed a look in.

Prasanna Kumar, DIG Stamps and Registrations and others participated. R. Abraham of YMCA welcomed the gathering.

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