Hyderabad: Buoyed by a record number of domestic tourist arrivals in the state, Andhra Pradesh Tourism Department is now developing the unexplored destinations into attractive `Tourist Centres`, to woo more visitors.
Besides the 31 new tourist centres that are being developed there are already over 50 such centres in the state.
Andhra Pradesh with its temple towns, Buddhist sites, monuments, beaches, hills, wildlife and forests has always remained high on the agenda for domestic tourists.
The state ranked number one in terms of domestic tourist arrivals with over 127 million visitors during 2008-2009. In terms of international tourists, it ranked seventh in the
country with 0.76 million holidayers.
"There are many places which are beautiful but unexplored in Andhra Pradesh. We are identifying them and developing them into `Tourist Centres` with the assistance of Central and state governments besides using our own funds," Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC), Sandeep Kumar Sultania, told reporters.
The upcoming `Tourist Centres` in different districts of the state will have entry plazas, restaurants, accommodation facilities, tourist amenities, ayurveda and yoga centres,
amphitheatre, eco and adventure activity, view towers, swimming pools, gymnasium among other services.
The concept of `Tourist Centres` is basically to develop tourist spots, by creating tourism infrastructure and bring them on tourism map, he said.