Jyoti Panigrahi, Minster for Tourism &Culture
Tourism minister Jyoti Prakash Panigrahi(Merging Borders in Tourism) has broached a novel idea to boost domestic, inter-state tourism. At the national tourism convention hosted at the Marine Drive-Eco Retreat, the minister said he will move the Government of India to formulate a policy that enables cross-flow of tourists among visitors of Odisha and its eastern neighbors.
“It would be wonderful if tourists visiting Andhra Pradesh or West Bengal to have a look at our beautiful state and the vice versa. A comprehensive package must be formulated in this regard and therefore, the support of Central Government is needed,” Panigrahi(Merging Borders in Tourism) said at the inaugural ceremony of National Tourism Conference, organised in association with FICCI here at the Eco Retreat tourism festival. The minister said the state government is planning a second round of tourism conference at Konark towards the end of this year where more participation of neighbouring states is expected.
At the event, tourism minister from Gujarat Vasanbhai Ahir participated and lauded the efforts of Odisha government for promoting tourism(Merging Borders in Tourism) and said the state has great potential and can use marketing to promote the tourism potential.
The Odisha government has organized a tent city at Konark beach to attract visitors. It has been organizing for the past one month. Encouraged by its success, the state tourism department has plans to replicate more such facilities at various locations of the state, possibly at Puri and Gopalpur. The tourism department has also plans for introducing Houseboat structures in regional water bodies to attract more tourists. The detailed plans for it would be unveiled soon.