AP likely to get World Bank funds to promote Buddhist tourism circuit

Our Bureau Hyderabad | Updated on October 11, 2014 Published on October 11, 2014

The Andhra Pradesh Government has indicated that the World Bank may fund the development of the State’s Buddhist Circuit. The State has identified Tourism as one of its key focus areas in the service sector mission.

According to a statement, the State Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has said proposals to develop tourist circuits would be invited.

At a meeting with Tourism officials at Secretariat today, the Chief Minister has directed officials to come up with suggestions to attract more international tourists by establishing more attractive destinations and promote religious, eco-tourism and beach tourism.

Apart from developing heritage sites in Andhra Pradesh, the State is seeking to promote local arts and handicrafts such as Kondapalli toys, Etikoppaka items, Narsapuram laces among others.

Given the popularity of foods from Andhra Pradesh, the Chief Minister said the focus should be on the State’s festivals. It is also proposed to promote Kuchipudi dance on global and local platforms.

He said that the Government is considering establishing a tourism university on the lines of those in Australia, New Zealand and Switzerland.

The Chief Minister also said the State would explore opportunities in partnering with various international tourism agencies to promote cross-border cultural exchange and tourism.

Published on October 11, 2014
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