To provide a major fillip to tourism in the two states, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh (AP) have agreed in principle to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The announcement was made during the inauguration of Tourism Information and Reservation Centre of Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) at Tourist Plaza in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. MTDC had also held a roadshow for tour operators of Andhra Pradesh, as per a release. Chhagan Bhujbal, Minister for Public Works & Special Assistance Department and Tourism, Government of Maharashtra, said, "It would be a win-win situation for both states, which share many similarities and complement each other’s culture. Tourists from other states can visit these two states and that would be the core focus of this joint effort. Besides, we would like to ask tourists and tour operators of Andhra Pradesh to explore the destinations of Maharashtra, which in itself is a wholesome experience."
The launch will coincide with Bhavapuri Beach Festival on Suryalanka beach
Dr K Chiranjeevi, Minister of State with Independent Charge for Tourism, Government of India, will inaugurate the Suryanlanka Beach Resort of the Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) this weekend. The resort overlooks the Bay of Bengal and features comfortable options for tourist accommodation, stated a release. The Resort will be launched alongside the Bhavapuri Beach Festival on the Suryalanka beach, which will be held on June 22 and 23. Vatti Vasant Kumar, Minister for Tourism & Culture, Archaeology & Museums, Archives & Youth Services & Sports, NCC, Government of Andhra Pradesh; and Chandana Khan, Special Chief Secretary, Tourism & Culture, Archaeology & Museums, Archives & Youth Services & Sports, NCC, Government of Andhra Pradesh, will be attending the Festival.
VISAKHAPATNAM: The Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) has proposed to undertake four projects at a cost of Rs 43 crore to boost tourism by giving a facelift to the city while restoring its heritage and traditional richness.
The corporation has given priority to the restoration of heritage buildings and the heritage walk in the Old City along the Bay of Bengal falling under Visakhapatnam South Assembly constituency at an estimated cost of Rs 18 crore.
GVMC has, with the help of the Visakhapatnam chapter of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), identified about 12 heritage structures for restoration, including Queen Mary High School, Statue of Queen Victoria, Town Hall, Reading Room and Turner's Chowltry.
"It's a good initiative of the corporation as many of the buildings in the Old City are gathering dust because of the lack of care by the authorities concerned," said Kolluri Suryanarayana, retired professor of the department of History, Andhra University.
Among the other key proposals is the revitalization of the 70-year-old Sardar Vallabhai Patel Market, which is popularly known as Poorna Market and is one of the biggest markets in the state, at a cost of Rs 15 crore.
The civic body aims to develop this on the lines of the farmers' market at Mumbai. It will improve infrastructure facilities and also set up a special compost plant at the market premises to generate compost from the tonnes of vegetable waste from the market. Parking lots and recreation facilities for visitors and vegetable storage rooms are some of the other features planned.
AP Tourism is like Kohinoor Diamond in Tourism Sector
Sri. Ponnala Laxmiah, Minister for Information Technology (I.T.), Govt. of Andhra Pradesh, Smt. Chandana Khan, Special Chief Secretary, Tourism, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh, Sri.V.Madhusudan, Executive Director, APTDC and others at the Capitol Hill, Washington, USA after meeting the Senators for discussing on INDIA - US partnership in Information Technology & Tourism.