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October 17, 2011
Telangana Agitation Impacts Tourism In Vizag


17 October 2011

According to a report in the Deccan Chronicle, the Telangana agitation is having an adverse impact on tourism sector in Visakhapatnam district. The District tourism has lost approximately 10 per cent of revenue due to frequent protests and other disturbances.

Visakhapatnam is the best tourism destination in Andhra Pradesh. The district has many tourism spots that represent the culture and heritage of India. Visakhapatnam also has some of the best and the safest beaches in the south coast line of the country. But, because of the demand for a separate state of Telangana, footfalls have dropped in the tourism sector.

Tourists from Hyderabad and other Telangana districts have stopped coming due to protests, according to sources. “It is true that by and large 10 per cent of tourists from Telangana districts, especially from Hyderabad, visit the district every year. But, they stopped coming as travel facilities are hit owing to local problems,” said G Dasu, assistant tourism officer, Andhra Pradesh.

The important tourism spots in the district like Araku Valley, Borra Caves, ancient Simhacha-lam temple, Buddhist shrines, Dutch cemetery at Bheemunipatnam, Appi-konda Siva temple, Yarada and RK Beaches, Indira Gandhi Zoological Museum and many other parks catch the attention of tourists of India and abroad.
According to the official sources, around five lakh people usually visit the district between October and January every year. Approximately 1,600-2,000 foreign tourists visit the places during the peak season. On an average, 70,000 people visit Vizag every month.