All out efforts are being made by the AP Tourism Department to place Andhra Pradesh at the top in tourism in India, AP Tourism Secretary Mukesh Kumar Meena has said.

Andhra Pradesh, which was in the fifth position in tourism in 2014, has moved to the third place now.

Plans have been made to place AP Tourism at the top in the country in the next three years, Mr. Meena told a team of media persons, students, investors and tour operators from Vijayawada, who came to the city as part of a field-level tour on Wednesday.

Revenue up

He said there was a steady increase in number of tourists coming to the State in the last four years. Their number, which was 9 crore in 2014, has now gone up to 15.37 crore. The revenue from tourism has also gone up substantially. “There are seven Star hotels in the State and another seven are under construction. The objective is to increase the availability of rooms from the present 10,000 to 1 lakh by 2025.”

Infrastructure

The Hyderabad-centric tourism development in combined Andhra Pradesh, has deprived the State of basic tourist amenities, post-bifurcation. This was making the State government to spend hundreds of crores on tourism infrastructure and publicity. The development works taken up during the last three years were just beginning to give results. He said 16 events were held for tourism promotion in the State last year. The beauty of Araku, Vizag beaches, Konaseema, ancient temples and historical sites in the State were all being promoted.

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