ANDHRA PRADESH

Tourism Dept. ready with its Game plan

HYDERABAD Oct. 10. As the city gets ready to host the Afro-Asian Games, the Tourism Department is doing its best to showcase the tourist centres of the historical city and other parts of the State as well.

The sub-committee on Tourism promotion, headed by the Tourism and Culture Minister, T. Srinivas Yadav, constituted in connection with the Games, has chalked out an action plan to generate interest about places of tourism and make arrangements for sportspersons, delegates and participants to visit them.

The Secretary, Tourism and Culture, and convenor of the committee, Chandana Khan, said the effort was to showcase Hyderabad in a big way and also the art and culture of the State and other fascinating tourist attractions like Visakhapatnam and Tirupati. The department brought out special brochures, 25,000 each on Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam, Tirupati and Vijayawada, which would be placed in hotel rooms of the delegates.

The splendour of Hyderabad would be enhanced by night, with its historical, heritage and architectural marvels illuminated during the Games period. The department would press into service three buses on different routes for `Hyderabad by Night' tour to present the `Memories that glitter' and the `Monuments that glow'. A specially conceived sound and light show at Qutbshahi tombs would be a new attraction in addition to the sound and light shows at Charminar and Golconda fort. The experience would be rounded off with the regal Chowki dinners tentatively planned at the newly built Taramati restaurant on the Gandipet Road.

A handicrafts exhibition on the Necklace road, parasailing at Hussain Sagar and a Deccan Heritage exhibition at the ICCR Gallery would be other attractions.

"This is also the best time to popularise handicrafts of AP and a special order has been given to SETWIN for about 2,000 T-shirts with emblems of the Games and Cheriyal, Kalamkari designs and Pochampally motifs, besides pictures of elephants and zebras abundant in Africa. Quality T-shirts are priced around Rs. 200 each and will be sold at the souvenir shops," Ms. Chandana Khan said.

A mobile museum would be parked at important centres. In addition, there would be conducted tours during the day to important destinations. And as per the choice of the visitors, customised tours would also be organised. Tourism counters would be set up at all hotels and the sports village, where the delegates would be staying and guides would be provided.

A variety of cultural programmes would be organised at Shilparamam, Ravindra Bharathi, Shilpakala Vedika, People's Plaza, Lalitha Kala Thoranam, Durgam Cheruvu, Qutb Shahi tombs, and Rail Kalarang. These were in addition to the inaugural and closing ceremonies scheduled for October 24 and November 2, she said.