The Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) is mulling a tie up with private parties under Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode. A plan has been chalked out to attract private investors in the tourism sector and designed a new tourism policy which would propose joint ventures with private parties as government doesn’t have enough funds to do it on its own. The government intends to attract not only the domestic tourists but also the international visitors by developing these spots inattractive manner.
Compared with other cities in AP, Vizag has more opportunities to set up major tourism projects as the city has beaches surrounded by hills and many more attractions in Araku and neighboring districts of Vizianagaram and Srikakulam. AP also has the longest coastline and the backwaters of Konaseema, the Eastern Ghats, waterfall and a few other spots offer a lot of scope for tourism, said HRD Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao. The tourism department is keen to promote Araku Valley, the hilly terrain as a summer destination and glass coaches would be attached to the only passenger train to Araku to accommodate more tourists. Besides, north Andhra districts boast of Buddhist spots like Totla Konda, Bavi konda, Ramateertham, Salihindam.