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Vizag gets more tourists this summer

Vizag gets more tourists this summer
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With adverse weather conditions, the district received more tourists this summer with an increase of 11,000 alone in the month of May. Temperatures shot up to 45 degrees Celsius in most parts of coastal Andhra Pradesh, but it remained close to 35 degrees in Visakhapatnam, making it a coolest place in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Chhatisgarh.

Visakhapatnam: With adverse weather conditions, the district received more tourists this summer with an increase of 11,000 alone in the month of May. Temperatures shot up to 45 degrees Celsius in most parts of coastal Andhra Pradesh, but it remained close to 35 degrees in Visakhapatnam, making it a coolest place in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Chhatisgarh.

Highlights:

  • All the resorts of Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation remained full at Araku Valley, Ananthagiri, Tyda and Rushikonda in the city
  • Sky Tower, said to be the tallest in the country, heli-tourism and Navy museum which are likely to be completed next year, will draw more tourists

The city gets tourists in two seasons-winter beginning from October first week and ending at Sankranti. The summer starts from first week of May and closes on June 10, a few days before the start of schools.All the resorts of Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation remained full at Araku Valley, Ananthagiri, Tyda and Rushikonda in the city.

Even private hotels of economy class were reported full. The hotels were blocked for three days for Mahanadu otherwise the number could have been more, APTDC sources said.

“In May alone 76,000 tourists visited Borra Caves, 11,000 more than May of last year, an increase of 18 per cent. Similarly, Borra Caves earned a revenue of Rs 50 lakh, around Rs 9 lakh more than last year May,’’ said Badrinath, manager of Borra Caves.

He said only 20 per cent of the tourists, who came from West Bengal, Odisha and Chhattisgarh and the remaining were from Hyderabad, Vijayawada and Guntur.He said new lighting and audio system, imported from the US were installed recently for the convenience of the tourists. They can hear the historical background in English through the audio system.

Similar rush was witnessed in Araku Valley, Tuda Jingle Bells, Ananthagiri in the Agency area and Rushikinda, Kailasagiri, Thotlakonda and Simhachalam temple during last month.During the last financial year, five to seven lakh tourists visited the district and APTDC earned a revenue of Rs 4.8 crore.

“This year we are expecting 30 lakh more tourists as the city is getting more popular across the country,’’ said a senior tourism official.Sky Tower, said to be the tallest in the country, heli-tourism and Navy museum which are likely to be completed next year, would draw more tourists.

By KMP Patnaik

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