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BHUBANESWAR: The Odisha government has decided to take up nine tourism circuits and 13 destinations in different parts of the state for development under new tourism promotion activities.
The state government has approved a slew of projects and initiatives on Wednesday in the tourism advisory committee meeting held under the chairmanship of chief secretary Asit Tripathy. He also asked the tourism department to focus on the development of tourist spots across India to attract domestic tourists.
The major projects included development of Rambha tourism cluster, Kantilo cluster, Gandhi circuit, Sun City Konanark, Budhist circuit, Daringibadi complex, Samuka Beach, Konark marine drive eco-retreat, house boat operations in different places, surfing festival at Puri and DAK Bungalow trail in Odisha.
“In the first phase, the house boat operations would be started in Chilika and Bhitarkanika. The boats would be run by the private operators on operation and management basis. The surfing festival at Puri will be organized in a tie-up with Surfing Federation of India and steps will be taken to make it an annual event. The road shows on Odisha Tourism have been organized at Delhi, Kochi, Kolkata, Gowahati, Bangalore and Hyderabad,” said tourism secretary Vishal Dev.
Tripathy directed to conduct road shows in Chennai, Ahmadabad, Vanarasi, Raipur, Surat and Jaipur. It was also decided to organize the road shows organized at Kulalampur, Bangkok, Bali and Jakarta to attract international tourist and private sector investment in tourism sector.
On an average around 1.5 cr domestic tourists are visiting Odisha each year against around one lakh of foreign tourists. The state tourism can stay vibrant in major parts of a year with footfall of more domestic tourists.





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