Chennai, November 2019: Odisha Tourism, having aggressively promoted itself as India’s best kept secret, has resumed its domestic outreach with Chennai.Leading the delegation of association with FICCI, Tourism Minister Shri. Jyoti Prakash Panigrahi informed that the Department is in the process of investing INR 500 crore on Tourism product and infrastructure development in the coming months. “While we are steadily progressing on developing niche tourism such as water sports from scratch, we are slated for a big boost in beach tourism in the coming year.
While the master plan for the 1300 acre Shamuka Beach Project is scheduled to be finalised early next year, we are simultaneously initiating trunk infrastructure development at the site.”Commissioner cum Secretary Shri. Vishal Dev added in continuation that the maiden Marine Drive Eco Retreat will be held over a month starting 14 December on the pristine Ramchandi Beach at Konark. An initiative of the Department, the Retreat is envisioned as a glamping (glamorous camping) event with 50 luxury cottages complemented by a vibrant arts & music festival, a food festival and a flea market. “Bookings are in full flow through its website ecoretreat.odishatourism.gov.
We anticipate a tremendous response from Tamil Nadu, which contributes amongst the largest outbound tourists nationally”, said Shri. Dev.The State Government is also encouraging exciting experiences like houseboat tourism and caravan tourism to give the tourists everlasting memories. Odisha, which witnessed 1.5 crore tourist footfalls in 2018, hopes to see the numbers rise to over 2.5 crores in 2021. The state boasts some exciting tourist circuits including diverse wildlife tours across 18 protected areas and two national parks, an enigmatic Buddhist circuit, apart from the spiritually exhilarating Golden Triangle Heritage Circuit of Bhubaneswar – Puri – Konark.