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Andhra may change its tourism policy

HYDERABAD

Faced with cold response to its tourism ventures, the AP government has proposed to change its tourism policy to forgo its share of revenue under public-private partnership projects.

The government is also planning to reduce the land lease amount to boost the tourism sector in the bifurcated state, reports The Times of India.

The government has signed tourism projects worth Rs 4,000 crore with private players but none of them has materialised to far. This has forced the government to go in for a re-look at its tourism policy.
Incidentally, the AP government has drawn up mega plans to attract an investment of at least Rs 10,000 crore to the tourism sector and increased its contribution to seven per cent of the GDP . It also plans to create five lakh more jobs by 2020. But thus far it has met with little success.
The state is looking mainly at heritage hotels, amusement parks, golf courses, botanical gardens, urbanrural haats, tourism and hospitality training institutes, wayside amenities, spiritual and wellness centres and museums as part of tourism projects.

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