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A.P. has vast tourism potential: Kodela

Andhra Pradesh Assembly Speaker Kodela Sivaprasad Rao and Water Resourses Minister Devineni Umamaheswara Rao arriving to take part in the World Tourism Day festival at Bhavani Island in Vijayawada on Thursday.   | Photo Credit: CH_VIJAYA BHASKAR

Andhra Pradesh is endowed with picturesque landscapes with a vast potential to develop tourism projects. Moving beyond the traditional temple tourism, the State tourist wing is now focused on exploring the beaches, the riverfront, hills and valleys, said Andhra Pradesh Speaker Kodela Sivaprasad Rao here on Thursday.

Citing the example of Kotappakonda, a pilgrim centre developed as an eco-tourism project in Guntur district, he said it was attracting lakhs of tourists resulting in an increase in the income of the Shiva temple there.

He was addressing a meeting organised in connection with the World Tourism Day celebrations organised by the Department of Tourism at Bhavani Island. Mr. Sivaprasad Rao said tourism was a big source of employment-generation.

Secretary, Department of Tourism, Mukesh Kumar Meena, spoke about the several challenges that stared in the eyes of the tourism wing at the time of the bifurcation and how with a visionary Chief Minister’s approach, the department could overcome the initial hurdles and develop projects that had helped the sector develop.

He said the hard work and consistent efforts had started paying off as the State was among the first few in the country in the tourism segment and had received awards for its good work.

He said tourism was a complex industry but with the support of allied sectors like tour operators, chain of hotels and restaurants and firms dealing with adventure sports, the State would soon surge ahead in its position at the national-level.

He reminded that Andhra Pradesh was recognised as the best State in comprehensive development followed by Rajasthan and Kerala.

Chairman of AP Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) Jayarami Reddy said the Bhavani Island was transformed into a tourist hub in the last two years thanks to the collective efforts of the people associated with tourism and other associated wings.

Irrigation Minister Devineni Umamaheswara Rao, APTDC Director Himanshu Shukla, Krishna Zilla Parishad chairperson Gadde Anuradha, Collector B. Lakshmikantham and others were present.

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