SUBJECT :With an aim to attract more foreign tourists to Odisha, the state government has planned road shows in 10 countries from where more number of tourists visited the state in recent years. 

Bhubaneswar, February 15, 2018: With an aim to attract more foreign tourists to Odisha, the state government has planned road shows in 10 countries from where more number of tourists visited the state in recent years.

The decision was taken at the tourism advisory committee meeting held here on Thursday under the chairmanship of chief secretary A P Padhi.

Though detail plan for the road shows are yet to be finalized, official sources said USA, UK, Japan, France, Germany, Italy, China, Netherland, Australia and the commonwealth of independent states are the top 10 foreign countries from where more number of tourists visited Odisha during 2017.

According to an official statement, Odisha has recorded 9.23 per cent growth in total tourist arrival as over 1.41 crore tourists including 1 lakh foreigners visited Odisha in 2017 which is all time high. The state government has claimed around 31 per cent growth over last year in foreign tourist arrival.

West Bengal, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu, Bihar and Uttarakhnd are the states from where maximum domestic tourists visited Odisha in 2017.

The chief secretary asked the state tourism department to work towards attracting more investments in tourism sector. In 2017, the state government has cleared 12 investment projects in tourism sector with investment intent of around Rs 585 crore.

“The chief secretary has directed to identify sites in Bhubaneswar, Puri, Daringibadi, Korapur, Rayagada and other tourist destinations of the state for allotment to the hoteliers,” said an official source.

The meeting further decided for starting e-visa facility at Biju Pattnaik International Airport, Bhubaneswar.

Keeping in mind the state’s eco-tourism potential, Odisha has so far developed around 30 ecotourism spots.

Emphasizing on sanitation and cleanliness in tourist spots, the chief secretary directed the tourism department to identify 20 most popular tourist spots in the first phase to take up cleanliness drive.


Source: Times of India