Mumbai: The sunrise state of Andhra Pradesh, with a vision to be the most preferred destination, has already realized tourism projects worth Rs. 1,800 Cr in 1 year, where work has already commenced or the construction phase is underway. All realized through private investments; currently more than 160 such projects are underway in the state. In its bid to facilitate the infrastructural development in the state the Government has also stepped up its activities with the accomplishment of over 90 Government initiated projects during the same period with a value more than Rs. 190 Cr.
Notable hospitality brands are coming up with 5 star properties in the state such as ITC with a 150 room capacity in Vishakhapatnam, Accor Group with a 200 room capacity in Vijayawada, Taj with a 133 room capacity in Chittoor district among multiple others. With a bid to augment MICE tourism in the state, 3 Star properties with convention facilities are coming up in centers such as Vishakhapatnam, Chittoor and Vijayawada. Cumulatively the state has seen investments from 29 hotels between 3 to 5 star categories, spread across the 5 tourist hubs of Visakhapatnam, Konaseema – Rajahmundry – Kakinada, Amaravati – Vijayawada, Tirupati – Nellore and Ananthapuramu – Kurnool – Kadapa.
Aiming for a holistic tourism development, Andhra Pradesh has also received investments in a plethora of water and adventure sports for example jeep parasailing, jet-skiing, speed boats and other water sport activities in Vishakhapatnam, amphibious vehicle in Rajahmundry and Vijayawada, sea plane in Visakhapatnam, Kakinada and Vijayawada, waterfall rappelling, rock climbing in Chittoor among others.
The state also held 30 festivals and cultural events across all districts to develop an eco-system for development of tourism.
Local conveyance has also been addressed with the launch of cab services from OLA in places such as Vishakhapatnam, Rajahmundry, Vijayawada, Guntur and Tirupati. Meru cabs and OLA Autos have also been launched in Vishakhapatnam.
Shri Neerabh Kumar Prasad, I.A.S., Principal Secretary to Government, Tourism & Culture, said “The overwhelming response received from the various investors, stands testimony to our sustained efforts to establish Andhra Pradesh as an investment friendly destination. It also validates our belief that when it comes to tourism potential, sky is the limit for Andhra Pradesh.”
“In today’s era, development of any sector is always a collaborative effort between the private sector and the government. As committed, we would continue to facilitate investments to the state. It is only the beginning and there are many more miles to go and I am fully convinced that we are in the right path to realize the true tourism potential of the state.” he added.
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