PROMOTE THEME-BASED TOURISM: UNION MINISTER TO ORISSA

OM Bureau

Bhubaneswar:

Orissa, treasure house of natural and cultural heritage, must have to address herself to theme-based tourism, if she is serious in uplifting her economy, stressed Ms. Renuka Choudhury, Union Minister of State for tourism development.

Concluding her three-day visit to State, she was of profuse praise for the unique eco-systems of Orissa spangled as they are with historical monuments. The Spread of Buddhist sites all over the State, path-specific religious centers, vast coastline, animal sanctuaries, biospheres like Similipal and lakes like Chilika, crocodile projects and project tiger centers, sculptural heritages and artisan villages, wonderful waterfalls and awe inspiring hot-springs, innovative handicrafts and traditional handloom products, folk dances and the classical Odissi matching the peace and tranquility the land is more remarkably enjoying because of mental orientation of the general public, makes Orissa the best place to visit frequently. But Orissa Government is to prepare perfect plans to market this tourism potential, she said.

Like the proposed ‘Buddhist Circuit’, Orissa, known to history as the last State to be annexed by the British, but the first State to have revolted against the foreign rule, would soon be with 10 other States in a ‘Freedom Tourism’ project called ‘National Struggle for Freedom Circuit’, she declared.

She hinted at introduction of cruise shipping in Orissa with an eye on ‘eco-tourism’.

If the State Government submits a special tourism sub-plan, the Central Government will take all steps to ensure that she gets “more resources” to implement all these projects, she underlined.

Admitting that flight connectivity remains an issue to cogitate, she hinted at central government’s resolve to complete the ongoing expansion of the B.P.Airport at Bhubaneswar on which depends introduction of apex fares for Orissa sector.

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