Orissa tourism holds roadshow

Orissa Minister of Tourism and Culture, Devi Prasad Mishra said that in addition to traditional attractions, Orissa’s mines and minerals and land for development had attracted an investment of over 100 billion USD in the last five years.

“Rural tourism has also taken roots in several villages and eco-tourism has started mushrooming in potential areas. All these developments have substantially contributed to the growth of tourism in the State,” he said.

Director, Orissa Department of Tourism, R N Nanda said, “Orissa is a kaleidoscope of all the tourist attractions that India offers – majestic monuments, wide and clean beaches, evergreen forest, communicative crafts, scintillating dance and music, traditional tribes, mouth-watering delicacies, and a blend of all religious sects,” he said.

Orissa tourism has ventured into a mega project for developing a Special Tourism Area on PPP mode on 3,000 acres of beach front land on the south of Puri. Out of which about a thousand acres are being developed in the first phase. It is expected to be completed by 2010, and will be an exclusive tourism village, on the outskirts of Puri. The government has also launched a portal aimed at providing one stop solution to the tourists, tour operators and hoteliers. For more information, log on to orissatourism.gov.in

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