Our beloved city of Visakhapatnam is all set to celebrate the World Tourism Day. Starting from 27th September, the celebrations will last up to October 2nd. The event will witness a gallery of stars and a plethora of programmes to entertain the crowds. On the occasion of the event’s inauguration, Visakhapatnam’s district’s collector Mr. Praveen Kumar addressed the media today morning and here are a few excerpts from his speech.
Visakhapatnam district collector on the event
Mr. Praveen Kumar stated that each year, the World Tourism Day would be celebrated in the district on a grand scale. There will be tourism related activities organized in the city and other places in the district like Arakku, Lambasingi, and Girijan areas. He mentioned that the current season is a ripe one for Vizag tourism and people from places across Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Odisha, Chattisgarh, and West Bengal converge here. This coupled with the Dussehra season would prove to be a major boon to the city’s tourism sector.
The IAS officer informed that the celebrations will last for six days starting from today. A special dais arranged at the RK Beach will host various cultural activities and talent shows to engage the crowds. The theme for this year’s event has been chosen as sustainable development. Mr. Praveen said that sustainable development in tourism will not only provide means of livelihood but also ensure that the environment isn’t harmed in any way.
Talking about other developments in the city, the collector said that Vizag is a place of immense potential. While on one side, it is being developed as a smart city, its tourist-friendly atmosphere can generate a lot of revenue for the state government. He said that the officials are working hard to get various projects sanctioned so as to make Vizag even a better place. City’s beaches at Mangamaripeta, Rushikonda, and others are also being refurbished.
What VUDA VC had to say
The Vice-chairman of VUDA, Mr. Basanth Kumar, also addressed the media and briefed about some developments. He informed that VUDA is also coming forward with many exciting projects. The TU-142 is ready to be inaugurated in December and the heli-tourism project too is in an advanced stage. Once the officials get all the clearances, Mr. Kumar said, we can soon see helicopters whizzing over us. Moreover, the Kursura submarine museum will be completing its 50th year this December. Hence, it will be renovated and made ready for the presidential visit on December 7th. All in all, the VC said that Visakhapatnam will be infused with a refreshing flavour for all the tourists to indulge in.
People attending the events
Many eminent personalities will be making their presence felt during the course of these six days. Deputy Chief Minister Nimmakayala Chinarajappa, Tourism Minister Bhuma Akhila Priya, HRD Minister Ganta Srinivas Rao will participate in the inaugural function. Also, Tollywood celebrities like Mahesh Babu, Ravi Teja, Nara Rohit, Srikanth, and others will grace the events.