Odisha Govt To Start Houseboat Operations In Chilika And Bhitarkanika

Bhubaneswar: In another boost to the development of tourism industry in the State, Odisha Government has approved a slew of projects and initiatives today in the Tourism Advisory Committee Meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary, Asit Tripathy.

 Tourism Secretary, Vishal Kumar Dev said that it was decided to take up nine tourism circuits and 13 destinations in different parts of the State for development under new tourism promotion activities. The major ones included the development of Rambha tourism cluster, Kantilo cluster, Gandhi circuit, Sun City Konanark, Buddhist circuit, Daringibadi complex, Samuka Beach, Konark marine drive eco-retreat, houseboat operations in different places, surfing festival at Puri and DAK Bungalow trail in Odisha.

“In the first phase, the houseboat 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 tie-up with Surfing Federation of India and steps will be taken to make it an annual event. The roadshows on Odisha Tourism have been organized at Delhi, Kochi, Kolkata, Guwahati, Bangalore and Hyderabad,” said Dev.

Discussions in the meeting show that on an average around 1.5 cr domestic tourists are visiting Odisha each year against around 1 lakh of foreign tourists.  The state tourism can stay vibrant in major parts of a year with the footfall of more domestic tourists.

Considering this, Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy directed to conduct roadshows in Chennai, Ahmadabad, Varanasi, Raipur, Surat and Jaipur. It was also decided to organize the roadshows organized at Kulalampur, Bangkok, Barli and Jakarta to attract international tourist and private sector investment in the tourism sector.

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