Visakhapatnam: As the tourism sector recovers from the Covid-19 crisis, Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) has big plans to develop the state’s tourist destinations. It specifically focuses on temple tourism with the help of Indian government and state government funds.
“We are working with the Center to make PA a tourism hub. We plan to develop tourism activities at five temples – Srisailam temple, Srikalahasti temple, Dwaraka tirumala, Annavaramtemple and Simhachalamtemple – with a budget of Rs50 crore on each,” APTDC President Arimanda Vara Prasad Reddy told Bizz Buzz in an exclusive interview.
“Under the leadership of visionary Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and Minister of Tourism RK Roja, we can do wonders in the state tourism sector. Union Culture and Tourism Minister G Kishan Reddy, also expressed his intention to lend a hand in developing AP as a global tourism destination. With this, the tourism sector in the state is going to be more interesting,” he said.
The President of APTDC revealed several initiatives to attract tourists from all over the world to the state. It aims to bring passenger cruise tourism to Visakhapatnam. He says, “Once the cruise ships land on the shores of Vizag, thousands of foreign visitors will come here and it will open up huge business opportunities for the people of the city of destiny.”
The Union Government is proposing to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to include the historical structure of Lepakshi Temple as a World Heritage Site. site tag.
Agritourism has been identified as an important sector by APTDC. It received an expression of interest (EoI) to develop 80 plots. Based on Expressions of Interest, the AP government has retained 900 acres of land for its investments. APTDC further plans to initiate adventure water sports and adventure land sports at 13 locations each across the state, Vara Prasad Reddy informed.
He says the PA’s tourism policy for 2020-25 is unique and attractive to investors. The investor-friendly policy offers land and other incentives to hotels and tour operators. The duration of the lease of the property or land is reduced from 66 years to 99 years, while the stamp duty is reduced from 2% to 1%.
Vizag is preparing to become a multitourism center
In addition to becoming the capital of PA, Visakhapatnam will develop as a multi-tourist center. APTDC President says Destiny City will soon be recognized as a major center for temple tourism, agro-tourism, eco-tourism, adventure tourism, medical tourism and wellness tourism .
He further said, “The Chief Minister has a long term vision for Vizag. According to his plan, a lot of things are brewing directly from the city to Bhogapuram where the Greenfield Airport will be built. State is in the process of developing hundreds of beach tourism projects along the coastline over the next two years to attract international tourists.”