Vizag Smart City attracted 1.15 crore Tourists during the year 2015-16, out of this around 1.14 crore Domestic and 69,483 Foreign Tourists. Government should try to attract more number of tourists, with a target of 2 crore Domestic and 2 lakh Foreign Tourists by the end of Financial Year 2018-19.
There are many beautiful Tourist places, Hotels, Shopping malls, Inox movies in and around Visakhapatnam Smart City.
Vizag has the long sea coast from Coastal Battery to Bheemili Beach road (approximately 35 kms).
Tourist spots: Araku valley, Padmarao gardens, Borra caves, Katiki waterfalls, Ananthagiri Hills, Tyda jungle bells, Dallpally, Chaparai waterfalls, Kothapalli waterfalls, Matsyagundam, Modakondamma padalu, Minumuluru, Lambasingi. Punyagiri, Devipuram. Light house and Kanaka durga temple at Dolphins nose Hill. Yarada beach, Gangavaram beach, Appikonda Beach, Revupolavaram Beach. Bojjanna Konda, Sankaram buddhist place. VUDA City Central Park, Shivaji Park, Indira Gandhi Zoological Park, Kambalakonda Eco-Tourism park. Mudarsarlova Park, Simhachalam Temple. Gokul Park, Childrens Park, RK beach, Matyadarshini Aquarium, Submarine Museum, Visakha Museum, Vuda Park, Lawsons bay beach, Lumbini park, VUDA Health Arena at foot hills of kailasagiri, Tenneti park, Kailasagiri, Telugu museum atop kailasagiri, Sagarnagar beach, Yendada Beach, Rushikonda Beach, Bavikonda buddhist heritage site, Thotla konda buddhist complex, Thotlakonda Beach, Mangamaripeta Beach, Red sand dunes, Bheemili beach, Bheemili Light house, Pavurala Konda buddhist place.
Government should try to provide more facilities and also develop the above tourist places, which will increase the number of tourists to the Visakhapatnam Smart City and also increase the revenue in the tourism sector.
Vizag Smart City attracted 1.15 crore Tourists during the year 2015, out of this around 1.14 crore Domestic and 69,483 Foreign Tourists. To attract more number of toursts, Sea Tourism, Heli Tourism, Seaplane Tourism can be introduced.
Cultural programmes like Kacheris - traditional singing, Cinema Music, Traditional dances, Exhibition of products manufactured in our villages like Etikoppaka toys, Magic programs etc to be conducted on every Saturday/Sunday at beach road to attract tourists.
For Attracting the International/National tourists, Government should give licenses to run Casinos offshore / onshore, Pubs, 24 hours running Hotels, Restaurants & Bars and also the Tourism department should develop beaches in Vizag Smart City by providing facilities such as beach side Chairs, Restaurants and also Para-sailing, Water sports etc.
Vizag also needs an amusement park or water park. That a city of 20 lakh population with tourist arrivals of 80-90 lakhs per annum should have an amusement park and water-theemed parks.
Every tourism spot needs to have basic facilities such as public toilets and drinking water and also need to interconnect tourism spots by special buses.
27.06.2016 : The State Government Andhra Pradesh had drawn a master plan to develop famous hill shrine Simhachalam with good amenities and infrastrucutre at a cost of ₹ 162 cr. With the new facilities around 1 crore pilgrims can also be accommodated on the Hill Shrine.
27.06.2016 : As per the plan, around 5 zones to be developed. Fize zones that will be developed are Hilltop, Adavivaram, Pushkarini, foothill and sunday market. There are many invaluable herbs and medicinal plants on the Simhachalam hills and efforts will be put into conserve and preserve them.
Arrangements are being made for LED lights, construction of view point with 6.5 crores, 20 wooden cottages, conference hall etc., also developing USP for Lord Sri Varaha Lakshmi Nrusimhaswamy temple at Simhachalam.
10.10.2016 : GVMC proposed to develop Mudasarlova Park in an area of 20 acres with an estimated cost of ₹ 230 cr. Beautiful landscapping, childrens park, musical fountain, walking, cycling tracks, water sports, sitout lawns are to be provided in the park.
Development of Kambalakonda Nature Park into an ideal destination for eco-tourism park.
Vanamahotsavam festival at Kambalakonda! In the reserve forest of Kambalakonda wildlife sanctuary around 2000 saplings planted. This reserve forest spread over 7,146 hectares no other city in India has that much of forest.
As part of the formation of city forests, part of kambalakonda wildlife sanctuary was identified for development of Maha Viskha Nagar Vanam covering an extent of 160.19 hectares. The components of Maha Visakha Nagar Vanam are formation of walking path, childrens park, watch towers, rest places, trekking path, butterfly park, theme park, environmental education centre, night safari, plantation of native and ornamental forest species.
Zoo Park, Safari Park & Sea Water Aquarium - World Bank to grant Rs. 35 cr aid to City Zoo park to take up five major projects. Safari Park in an area of 30 hectares of land opposite the Zoo and serves as an Animal Rescue Center. Sea water aquarium near Zoo park. Captive breeding of three new species, Mouse Deer, Rusty spotted Cat, Fishing Cat. Making new enclosures & Repairs and remodelling.
Safari Park in an area of 30 hectares of land opposite the Zoo and serves as an Animal Rescue Center and Sea water aquarium near Zoo park.
World Bank granted Rs. 35 cr to City Zoo park to take up five major projects.
Safari Park in an area of 30 hectares of land opposite the Zoo and serves as an Animal Rescue Center.
Sea water aquarium near Zoo park.
Captive breeding of three new species, Mouse Deer, Rusty spotted Cat, Fishing Cat.
Making new enclosures.
Repairs and remodelling.
03.09.2016 : Stone set to Vysakhi Kala Tarangini Auditorium by HRD Minister, Mr. Ganta Srinivasa Rao and Panchayat Raj Minister, Mr. Ayyanna Patrudu - VUDA is deloping the Auditorium at a cost of Rs. 32.5 crore and the construction is expected to be completed within 18 months from now. Vysakhi Kala Tarangini Auditorium will come up in an extent of 1.49 acres adjacent to Rythu Bazaar in MVP Colony. It will have 3 convention halls, mini amphi theatre, mini out door theatre and shopping arena. Facility is also being created to park about 100 cars and 200 two wheelers. (Deccan Chronicle e-paper article published on September 3, 2016).
Ravindra Bharati-like cultural complex to be built by VUDA on 1.6-acre site in MVP Colony beside Rythu Bazaar with a seating capacity of 1500 seats. HRD Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao said a landmark auditorium with a cost of Rs.30 crore would come up at MVP Colony, making the city a cultural hub.
As per the latest development, Govt handed over the responsibility to APIIC, GVMC and VUDA officials to assess the estimated cost and the officers estimated that Rs. 500 crores required for construction of International Convention Center with 3,000 seating capacity, 5 star hotel, Exhibition halls, Commercial complex. The distance from Airport to the proposed Convention center is 12 Kms and from the Railway station is 3 kms only and it is also nearer to the sea coast.
Infrastructure Corporation of Andhra Pradesh Limited (INCAP) invited Request for Proposal (RFP) for development of Convention Centre at Madhurawada on PPP basis (International Competitive Bidding) - Bid Due Date - 3PM on 28.10.2016.
Request for Proposal notification for Mega Convention Centre Project over 70-100 acres area with a seating capacity of 5,000, near Madhurawada. Salient features of the mega convention center project are, an exhibition center, Five star hotel, shopping mall with multiplexes, leisure facilities or amusement park and food courts.
In order to promote the growth of the Hospitality sector and Meetings, Incentives, Conferencing, Exhibitions (MICE) under tourism industry in the state, and thereby to give an impetus to the local economy, it is envisaged to develop a Convention Center in Visakhapatnam Smart City.
To complete the renovation of Gurajada Kalakshetram Open Air Auditorium at Siripuram Junction.
28.03.2016 : Renovation of Gurajada Kalakshetram Open Air Auditorium. The project being taken up by Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority with an outlay of Rs. 5.7 crore would help make it the choice of venue for cultural programmes.
For Sea Tourism, Passenger Jetties to be constructed at Fishing Harbour/Coastal Battery, Bheemili, Yarada, Revupolavaram to operate Small Luxury Ships / Cruise Ships. Vizag Port Trust has a proposal to construct the Cruise Terminal at Bhimili at an estimated cost of Rs 300 crore.
For development of Sea Tourism, Small luxury Ships to be introduced. These luxury ships to be operated from Fishing Harbour / Bheemili Jetty, which will run between Bheemili - Fishing Harbour - Yarada. The operators of these small luxury ships should provide restaurant, drinks, music, games etc in the Ship.
Small Cruise ships can be introduced to places like Kakinada Hope Island, Kalingapatnam beach, tourists can leave in the morning and return by evening spending time on the high seas. This will give tourists the experience of going on a cruise.
Cruise liners will be operated between Vizag to Andaman, Lakshadweep, Srilanka & Singapore.
Ms. Chandralekha Mukherjee said that most awaited and longterm dream of equipping Vizag - Araku scenic route with vistadome coaches most likely to be realized by December,2016, to facilitate the operation of a vistadome coaches, the platforms also need a lot work, which is under process. The specially designed transparent acrylic coach enables passengers to see all dimensions of nature from the comfort of their seats, which would attract more tourists to Araku valley. The train line passes through 84 bridges and 58 tunnels.
Vistadome Coaches (see-through glass coaches) on Kirandol Passenger on scenic route- Visakhapatnam to Araku Valley train. East Coast Railway Divisional Railway Manager, Ms. Chandralekha Mukherjee said that glass domed rail coaches will be added to the Vizag to Kirandul passenger train.
25.08.2016 : MoU signed for heli-tourism - Chopper services to be operated from Dasara - Paving the way for starting of helicopter tourism from Dasara, VUDA and Sky Choppers Logistics Private Limited signed an MoU here on Wednesday in the presence of HRD Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao. The HRD Minister said the agency would be allotted 1.95 acres of land on lease for construction of helipad and three rooms at VUDA Park to operate the services in lieu of payment of Rs.50,000 a month to VUDA. VUDA secretary A. Srinivas and Chandrasekhar of the agency signed the MoU. Two packages - one covering Kailasagiri to Bhimunipatnam and second covering Agency areas of Araku and Lammasingi would be offered. The fare and modalities will be worked out by VUDA and the agency. The passengers will have an insurance cover of Rs.10 lakh.
Sky Choppers Logistics Private Limited has entered into an MOU with Govt. of Andhra Pradesh for providing Heli-Tourism services in Vizag Smart City. First phase, they operate from Vuda Park to Kailasagiri and to Araku Valley, it will take 5 minutes from VUDA park to Kailasagiri and 20 minutes from VUDA Park to Araku valley, maximum seating capacity is 5 passengers.
According to Mr. Chandrasekhar, Business Development Director, Sky Choppers, Heli-Tourism in the city will be inaugurated soon.
Vizag Smart City's Tourism get boost with Rs. 2,000 cr investment. Heli-tourism, would be grounded immediately as it required little infrastructure. Helicopters either based at VUDA Park would carry the tourists to Kailasagiri and Araku Valley and give them an aerial view of some of the important tourist spots in the district.
Vizag Smart City's Tourism get boost with Rs. 2,000 cr investment. Sea Plane Tourism project is seaplanes which would also carry tourists into the skies and land them on water bodies. The project is expected to generate lot of enthusiasm among tourists. The developer assured Chief Minister at the Summit that he would complete construction of jetties at Bhimili and Kakinada within three months.
01.12.2016 : IIT team to conduct EIA studies. It will suggest location of the ship on the coast in the city. A decision has been taken to rope in the services of a team of experts from IIT Madras to get an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) done for stationing of the INS Viraat on the Visakhapatnam coast, according to District Collector Pravin Kumar. The Collector held a review meeting with the stakeholders on the stationing of INS Viraat here on Wednesday. VUDA Vice Chairman T. Baburao Naidu, GVMC Commissioner N. Harinarayanan, representatives of the Indian Navy, National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Visakhapatnam Port, Department of Meteorology and Oceanography of Andhra University and KPMG consultants participated in the meeting. Mr. Pravin Kumar said that once the location was finalised, further measures could be taken for the early completion of the project.
18.09.2016 : INS Viraat likely to be in Vizag by early or middle 2017 - The aircraft carrier is to be decommissioned by this year-end.The iconic aircraft carrier, INS Viraat, is likely to be brought to the city by early or middle of the next year, Vice-Admiral H.C.S. Bisht, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Eastern Naval Command, said.
23.02.2016 : The Department of Tourism has begun the ground work to bring INS Viraat, the aircraft carrier of the Indian Navy, to Visakhapatnam as a tourist attraction. It is learnt that CRISIL, the AP Government, and the Navy are working on a feasibility report on the tourism project. The 24,000-tonne worlds oldest aircraft carrier is all set to be decommissioned in June this year, and it is likely to be handed to the Andhra Pradesh Government at a price of Re. 1 for converting it into a 500-room luxury hotel.
Proposal is being made to convert INS VIRAAT War Ship, which will be decommissioned very soon, into a Hotel, Museum on Vizag Smart City Sea Coast near Tenneti park beach / Jodugullapalem beach / Lawsons bay beach.
Modern Hotel with 500 rooms and also conference rooms. Also Govt of AP proposes Helicopter riding, Para sailing on INS Viraat onboard. To bring this Warship from the sea to the Coast is very difficult and expensive, therefore, Govt has appointed Crisil to estimate the total expenditure to be incurred for this activity. If everything is going well, this will be materialised within a period of 6 months.
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