Andhra Pradesh Magazine English June 2016 - Page 47

Two Years of Accomplishments T I'm confident that the tourism sector will emerge as one of our strengths. However, we should ensure that our tourists have a wonderful experience in our Sunrise State of Andhra Pradesh. - Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu ourism and hospitality have always been priority sectors for Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu. The residual Andhra Pradesh has benefited immensely from his commitment to tourism development during these last two years, as he sees the sector a big revenue churner. Soon after taking over, the CM came up with a tourism policy with a target to attract an investment of Rs 10,000 crore by 2020, but due to the potential of the State as well as the efforts of the administration, in just one year the government was successful in attracting Rs 11,493 crore, crossing its target by more than Rs 1,000 crore. This is because of the several attractive features of the new Tourism Policy which accelerated investments. According to officials of the Tourism Department, tourism projects worth Rs 2,933 crore are already at various stages of grounding. Projects worth Rs 1,372 crore had already been grounded and another Rs 1,132 crore worth projects will be grounded in next 90 days. Tourism contribution to GSDP increased by 7,000 cr to 40,000 cr – that is upto 8% of GSDP. Domestic Tourist footfalls too witnessed a dramatic increase from 8.6 million in January 2015 to 36.7 million at present. International tourists rose from 11.6 thousand to 47 thousand at present. The State is known for its pristine beaches, sacred places of worship, lush green forests, spicy cuisine and hospitable people. Investment areas include such as eco tourism, rural tourism, pilgrim tourism, wellness JUNE 2016 tourism, adventure tourism, beach tourism, river tourism, eco-theme parks, water sports complexes, wayside amenities and convention facilities. crore are on course. Out of these 10 projects costing Rs 400 crore will be ready soon. The Anantapur Hub has investments worth Rs 758 crore for 9 tourism projects. Some of the major tourism projects on the anvil are development of Beach road from Tada to Ichchapuram, Hill tourism in Lambasingi, Araku and surrounding regions, Tourist Development plan for Bhavani island (Krishna district) on the lines of Sentosa (Singapore), Tourist Development plan for Visakhapatnam and other projects like floating cruises, restaurants etc. The Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management (IITTM) coming up at Nellore will not only give a fillip to existing tourism infrastructure in the state but also boost tourism in the districts nearby. Work has commenced on the buildings of Indian Culinary Institute at Tirupati at a cost of Rs 95 crore. Under the Visakhapatnam Hub, 55 projects are being developed with a total investment of Rs 3228 crore. Out of these, 23 projects at a cost of Rs 883 crore are nearing completion. The Kakinada-KonaseemaRajahmundry Hub too is witnessing investments in the tourism sector with nearly Rs 1978 crore worth projects on anvil. Work on Development of Konaseema-Hope Island-Kakinada project under Swadesh Darshan Scheme commenced at a cost Rs 70 crore is completed. Development of Papikondalu – Konaseema Mega Tourism Circuit at a cost of Rs 45crore is nearing completion. For Amaravati Hub, a total of 43 projects are being tracked at an outlay of Rs 4102 crore. Out of these 22 projects worth Rs 1212 crore are nearing completion. These include building 5-star hotels and beach resorts in the hub. The Tirupati hub, which includes Chittoor and Nellore, 26 projects with an investment of Rs 1,427 ANDHRAPRADESHMAGAZINE.ORG A detailed project report is being prepared for ‘Akhanda Godavari’ tourism project. A sum of Rs. 100 crore would be spent on developing infrastructure and facilities at tourist spots in and around Rajamahendravaram. Ajay Devgn and Kajol have come forward to be the brand ambassadors of Andhra Pradesh tourism. Devgn also proposed to build an entertainment and media city in the state’s upcoming capital Amaravati. Essel Group executives evinced interest in developing an island for tourism purposes and in constructing a multi-storeyed centre for “fun and recreational purposes. Th H]Hݙ\Y[[[˜۝\Z\ܘY\Y\S\X] Hܛ8&\\Z\ܘY\Y\[H L \H[܈\ܝY\]\X[Z\[ۙYH\XB]\\YX\H ]ۛBZ\ܘY\Y\[[\Yœ[H\\H[H]KHݙ\Y[\\X\[“]\][\]\Z\]Z^X[Y\[H[[\H[B\[]\][H]Z^X]YK ‚