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Andhra, WTO to promote sustainable tourism

HYDERABAD: The Andhra Pradesh Tourism Authority is raring to go. In its quest to put the State on the international map, it has partnered with the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (WTO) to promote sustainable tourism across the state.

The U.N. has declared 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, reports The Hindu.

The decision comes 50 years after the celebration of the International Tourist Year on Tourism – Passport to Peace (1967) and 15 years since the International Year of Ecotourism (2002).

The General Assembly has invited WTO to “facilitate the organisation and implementation of the Year, in collaboration with governments, relevant organisations of the United Nations system, other international and regional organisations and other stakeholders”.

“The A.P. Government has grabbed the opportunity. We are the first State in the country to forge a partnership with the global body and [India is] one of the very few nations who have come forward for participation,” said Himanshu Shukla, Director, Tourism wing.

The WTO Secretary General Taleb D. Rifai will inaugurate the A.P. initiative in Berlin on March 8.

The themes that the A.P. Tourism will focus are sustainable fishing culture in East Godavari district, beach tourism at Yerada in Visakhapatnam, at Pulicat Lake and in Kondapalli village.

“We will invite international tourists to visit this picturesque location and experience the local lifestyle. They can go fishing, share what the locals eat and live their life besides feeling the thrill of the first Godavari river catch,” says Mr. Himanshu.

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