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AP steps up efforts to boost tourism

The Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) has stepped up efforts to boost tourism in the state, reports The Times of India.

V Vasant Kumar, Minister of Tourism, Andhra Pradesh, stated that the government is working on strengthening its infrastructure in an attempt to enhance tourism. This announcement was made at the inauguration of the Travel and Tourism Fair in Hyderabad on July 20.

Kumar also stated that the government was also concentrating on creating public-private partnerships to boost tourism.

The APTDC signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with MakeMyTrip at the fair. As a part of the deal, MakeMyTrip users will be able to book packages offered by APTDC online.

A bus service for tourists was also launched at the fair, which would enable them to choose the tourist hotspots that they wanted to visit. The service would be available at 13 bus stations in Hyderabad.

Sandeep Sultania, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of APTDC, announced that the celebration of various festivals has been planned in the state, to promote tourism. These celebrations have been planned for an entire year. Sultania also stated that the state was planning to expand its tourism and hotel management institutes, in order to bridge the gap between the availability and demand for manpower in the tourism industry.

The Travel and Tourism Fair, which concluded on July 22, promoted the major tourist attractions in the state of Andhra Pradesh. It had 160 stalls, from various states of India and from seven countries across the globe, including Bhutan, Kenya, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Uzbekistan.

This was the 97th edition of the fair, attended by Chandana Khan, Special Chief Secretary of Tourism and Rajat Kumar, Commissioner of Tourism. This was the 10th time the fair was held in Hyderabad.

Source: The Times of India