Andhra Pradesh has decided to resume tourism activities affected by Covid-19 from August.
According to AP government plans, temple tourism plans for Tirupati, Simhachalam, Dwaraka and tourism packages for Tirupati, Kanipakam and Sri Kalahasti would resume from the first week of August.
Speaking to the media on Friday, Tourism Minister Avanti Srinivas said: “Projects such as Kailasagiri in Visakhapatnam and the Bhavani Islands on the Krishna River near Vijayawada would be restored to the public as of August 15, previously based on Covid-19 – The pandemic closed earlier was inaugurated on the Krishna and Godavari rivers, but closed due to the pandemic would also operate from August 15th.“
The minister also said that the state government would make all less-occupied tourist hostels available for quarantine facilities on a rental basis to overcome the losses in the tourism sector.
He said that the public-private partnership and the central government must intervene to stimulate the tourism sector and said the state government has asked the center for 1,000 rupee support.
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The minister said video conferences were held with the officials concerned to restore all tourism packages in full swing. He said star hotels would continue to open as part of a public-private partnership next week after the prime minister got a date.
Apart from a long coastline, the state is planning to capitalise on the abundance of tourist spots that have not yet been fully exploited.
The rivers like Godavari, Krishna and Penna are said to be used for tourism promotion, while forests like Araku, Paderu and Yallamala and Horsley Hills are being developed as eco-tourism centers in public-private partnership mode, the minister said.