Bhubaneswar: Tourism sites in Odisha are all set to reopen from the month of October informed the Minister of Tourism Jyoti Prakash Panigrahi.
“We have already planned to reopen tourist spots in the state. Keeping in view the Covid-19 guidelines, we will take further decision. The tourist spots will be reopened from October,” said Panigrahi on the occasion of World Tourism Day.
It is noteworthy that, all the tourism sites in Odisha had been shutdown by the government due to the alarming rise of covid cases. The sites have been closed since almost six months.
The minister also informed that all the covid guidelines will strictly be followed in all the sites.
He added that the tourism industry has been the worst affected due to the spread of the deadly virus.
The decision regarding the opening of temples shall be taken by the administration and the law department.
On the occasion of World Tourism Day 2020, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, in a message, welcomed all to visit Odisha as all kind of precautionary measures have been taken for the safety and security of visitors.
He highlighted the award-winning initiative of ecotourism nature camps run successfully for five years by the communities and which is in line with this year’s World Tourism Day theme of ‘Rural Tourism’.
The Chief Minister also emphasised on revival initiatives of the government for tourism in the state.
“Odisha by Road” campaign was launched on this occasion through Kalinga Rides – Superbike Rally.
This campaign aims to encourage tourists from within the state as well as from the neighbouring states to travel to various tourist destinations in the state through the excellent network of quality roads.
(With inputs from IANS)