Tourist sites set to reopen today – The New Indian Express


Through Express news service

VIJAYAWADA: After remaining closed for nearly 50 days, state tourist destinations will reopen to the general public from Thursday following a drop in the number of positive Covid-19 cases, Tourism Minister Muttamsetti Srinivasa said Rao. IGC) in Velagapudi, Srinivasa Rao said that measures are being taken to increase income through tourism and that roadshows will be held in all major cities in the country, highlighting the state’s tourist spots.

The state government was also focusing on building hotels and other facilities in Gandikota in Kadapa district as part of tourism development. Besides the fact that the government decided to develop Gandikota on the model of Horsley Hills, the minister said. Disclosing details of the various projects undertaken by the department, the tourism minister said around Rs 164 crore is being spent to develop the Haritha restaurant in Rushikonda. in Visakhapatnam under the name of Blue Bay Hotel. The department has received all the authorizations for the installation of a floating restaurant (ship restaurant) on a foreign ship which ran aground off the coast of Visakhapatnam. Steps will be taken to purchase the vessel at the earliest, he said and added that work on the floating restaurant will begin soon.

Srinivasa Rao also recalled that the government had decided to build seven-star hotels in 13 districts of the state. He said work on this has been delayed due to the pandemic. The minister said that Oberoi Group, a luxury hotel group has offered to build five and seven star hotels in Visakhapatnam and Tirupati, stating that Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy is committed to doing State a tourist destination, the minister said that the State government has also decided to build five and seven star hotels under the PPP model across the country.

Expanding further, the minister said the government is committed to implementing an alcohol ban in the state. However, in order to attract foreign tourists, 33 bars in tourist areas will sell premium alcohol.
The minister said the provision of food to Covid health centers generated revenue of Rs 58.05 crore from 38 hotels across the state last year and Rs 28 crore so far this year . Not even a single employee has been made redundant despite declining earnings during the pandemic, he said.

Rs 5 lakh for three participants in the Tokyo Olympics

Srinivas Rao said the state government will provide a financial incentive of Rs 5 lakh each to badminton players PV Sindhu, Satvik Sairaj and hockey player Rajini, who will compete in the Tokyo Olympics in September this year.

Meet the owners of private boats today

The tourism minister said of the 50 state-owned boats, permission has been given to 48 and they will resume operations from Thursday. Some private boat owners still have not taken a license, he said. Following instructions from the CM, the department has set up nine command control centers across the state for safe boat operations. To discuss this, a meeting will be held Thursday with owners of private boats at Berm Park in Vijayawada, he said.

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