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Andhra Pradesh launches ‘enticing exclusive’ packages for tourists

Andhra Pradesh launched its tourism blitzkrieg in Mumbai where it announced exclusive packages for tourists from Maharashtra and around the country, while also inviting investments through the PPP model and promoting the state’s coastline and beaches.

Chandana Khan, special chief secretary to the Andhra Pradesh Tourism and Culture Department, told Millennium Post on Thursday that the State Government has boosted the tourism budget by ten times to Rs 130 crores, besides the Central Government’s contribution of Rs 221 crores, in its bid to increase its tourism attractions which included 10 ‘unexplored’ destinations identified for promotion.

She said Andhra Pradesh boasted the highest number of domestic tourist arrivals in India and that the APTDC is developing a Tirupati Convention Centre at a cost of Rs 70 crore, besides a hotel already built there. The state’s 1,000 kms coastline is being viewed for tourism development, while wildlife areas are not being considered in its eco-tourism plans due to tourist footfalls being disturbing to wildlife, she said while adding that ambitious plans had included having a ‘Night Safari’ like in Singapore.
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