Andhra Pradesh looks forward to popularise tourist destinations via virtual tours
Andhra Pradesh is looking at popularising virtual tours of various important tourist destinations in the state keeping with the trends in virtual tourism, Special Chief Secretary (Tourism and Culture) Rajat Bhargava said here on Wednesday.
Development of rural tourism, given the perception of being safe and experiential in nature was also being explored, he said.
Addressing a virtual interactive session with members of the national tourism committee of FICCI, Rajat said though hotels and other tourism establishments have reopened after the coronavirus-induced lockdown, the footfall of tourists was not yet encouraging.
He said an aggressive marketing push was required for quick revival of tourism.
“The path to revival (of tourism) will involve building a perception of safe tourism in the minds of the tourists. Adjoining states will have to work together to ensure free flow of tourists across borders,” the Special Chief Secretary said.
A coordinated effort between the different stakeholders, including the Central government, state governments, tourism bodies, travel and tour operators and hospitality industry was essential for this, he added.
Rajat said AP has the potential to develop coastline and position itself as a high-end luxury beach tourism destination.
He said the state was preparing a new tourism policy that would not only be flexible and aggressive but also would also address several issues like according industry status to mega tourism projects.
The tourism department has identified certain high potential locations for development of hotels and luxury resorts in the state, he said.
It also plans to develop amusement parks and adventure sports in the state while ensuring a seamless connectivity of the destinations from all major airports.
The FICCI officials said development of required infrastructure was vital to capture the emerging opportunities in the tourism sector.
They also wanted tax benefits and infrastructure subsidies apart from congenial regulations for development of beach shacks, MICE and other tourist facilities to facilitation greater participation of the private sector.
AP Tourism Development Corporation Managing Director Pravin Kumar and other officials attended.