Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu directed the tourism officials to adopt a holistic approach to create an eco system in the state to promote tourism by integrating both infrastructure and nature. He asked the officials to prepare a tourism calendar to provide prior information to tourists.
Reviewing the tourism projects at secretariat here today, the Chief Minister stressed the need for focussing on handicrafts and handlooms by integrating them in tourism programmes. He said all the departments should coordinate with each other to promote tourism. He said Kuchipudi dance should be promoted mixing it with spiritual events.
The tourism officials explained about their plans to develop cruise tourism development in the state. Some of the cruise development companies gave their presentations on cruise development. Some agencies gave a presentation on cruise tourism from Visakhapatnam to Kakinada and Krishnapatnam and in Krishna river with a seating capacity of 200 persons for dinner and partying. The tourism officials informed the CM about Amaravati Regatta and proposed 16 beach festivals.
Cruise tourism is a dynamic growing segment of tourism that has long ceased to represent a mere niche and is slowly but steadily entering the domain of mainstream tourism. Cruise tourism is fast growing sector in India. The state govt has been taking many initiatives for promoting AP as preferred tourist destination. With the state having longest coastline with a length of 974 km and three majors ports the possibilities of having cruise tourism in the state are high. The state govt is planning to promote cruise tourism in a big way.
The Chief Minister directed the officials to promote village tourism to attract the tourists visit the villages during holidays.
Tourism secretary MK Meena, MD Himansu Sukla, CM secretary Girija Sankar and others were present.