The Buddhist Association of China has expressed deep interest in visiting Amaravati, Nagarjuna Konda and other Buddhist Sites in Andhra Pradesh. Tour operators of China, who have evinced interest in bringing Chinese tourists to India.This was the impression of the Andhra Pradesh Tourism Principal Secretary Neerabh Kumar Prasad after taking part in BITE 2015-16 in China. He said that it has provided an opportunity to portray Andhra Pradesh as a global tourism destination.Highlighting the potential of Andhra Pradesh as a tourist destination, Prasad said that the main sites promoted the Beaches in and around Vizag, the Hill stations, the backwaters of Kakinada, Konaseema, the Hope Island and the Coringa Mangroves, and also the Budhist circuits linking Amaravati and Nagarjuna Konda.

‘Our upcoming Buddhist circuits will attract both domestic and international tourists. Amaravati’s ancient connection with Buddhism raises its prospects of becoming a global city,’ he said.Prasad also highlighted the government’s elaborate plans to promote Water sports, beach tourism, spiritual tourism, eco-tourism, caravan tourism and heli-tourism. ‘With various beaches, hilltops, abundant flora and fauna, we will ensure that the beauty of these places is restored, without polluting them.”We have had fruitful discussions with Chinese tour operators and we want to take this forward and make them Andhra Pradesh experts, who would bring more number of tourists to the state of Andhra Pradesh,’  he added.