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‘Visakhapatnam can be next major tourist spot’

V. RISHI KUMAR
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Union Minister of State for Tourism, K. Chiranjeevi
Union Minister of State for Tourism, K. Chiranjeevi

The Union Minister of State for Tourism, K. Chiranjeevi, has said his ministry will support initiatives to develop new tourism spots across the country and in the State.

Speaking at a conference hosted by Andhra Pradesh Real Estate Developers Association, the recently inducted actor-turned politician and now Union Minister said Andhra Pradesh is rich with attractive spots which could be developed as independent tourist destinations.

Several spots in the coastal city of Visakhapatnam and East Godavari districts of the State have the potential to be developed as tourist spots by developing necessary support infrastructure.

Citing his recent visit to the United Kingdom for Tourism World Market meet, he said a study report has mentioned Hyderabad among three must visit destinations in the world. It has been named along with San Francisco and Amsterdam.

The Union Minister said that given the potential for job creation in the tourism sector, more emphasis will be laid on its development. Therefore, his ministry will do everything possible to support the growth of tourism in the country.

The Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, said AP ranks number one in terms of overall tourist visitors to a state in the country. However, most of the tourism is related to pilgrimage tourism. Therefore, the accent is on developing new destinations by encouraging private participation.

Along with Hyderabad, which has already emerged as a destination for conferences and conventions, the Chief Minister said it is proposed to develop Visakhapatnam as another convention centre. With good connectivity, this will attract more conventions.

Citing the example of the UN Biodiversity Convention held here and improved connectivity, he said the infrastructure has added to Hyderabad’s strengths as an investment destination.

rishikumar.vundi@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on November 11, 2012)
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