VIJAYAWADA: Chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu has said that the government is committed to turning the state into a tourism hub. Launching the World Tourism Day celebrations and the Vijayawada Shopping Festival at Berm Park in Vijayawada Saturday, Naidu said that the government was giving priority to tourism development as tourism and service sectors have the potential to create more number of jobs than any other.
‘’For an investment of Rs 10 lakh, the industry creates 18 jobs and agriculture 45 jobs but tourism generates 75 jobs. Besides having rich culture and heritage, AP has a long sea coast, popular temples, Krishna and Godavari rivers, a Buddhist circuit and a lot of greenery. If we make use of all these resources, tourists from other states and countries will flock to AP,” elaborated CM.
SPECIAL FOCUS ON V’WADA
Flagging off the first tourism day celebrations post bifurcation in Vijayawada, Naidu said that besides being the capital of AP, the city is a beautiful spot with a lot of greenery along river Krishna.
“No where will we find a city like Vijayawada which is located on the banks of river Krishna and surrounded by greenery and mountains. Vijayawada will be developed as not just a world-class capital but also as world tourism centre. Still, a lot needs to be done to give a capital look to Vijayawada. I will use my experience of developing Hyderabad in developing Vijayawada,” he added.
Naidu, who showered praise on Vijayawada, pointed out that Vijayawada can develop as capital and tourism destination only if law and order situation is improved.
The CM vowed to put an end to rowdyism and anti-social elements in Vijayawada on the occasion to develop Vijayawada as a world-class capital and attract tourists.
Tourism minister P Raghunath Reddy and Chandana Khan were present.