Vijayawada: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S Jagan Mohan Reddy, on 20 August, said the state’s new tourism policy should attract investors and help the state find it’s due place in the world tourism map.

During a review meeting held here on Thursday to discuss the draft tourism policy, the Chief Minister said it should attract investors to develop tourist spots in the state and partner with major companies in the hospitality sector. Andhra Pradesh should find its due place in the world tourism map, he said.

Jagan suggested that changes be made to give priority to those who wish to invest in tourism in the state. He said the state should compete with Rajasthan in the tourism and hospitality sector and that Araku Valley, along with 14 other resorts in the state, should be developed on par with other top-class tourist resorts.

The Chief Minister advised the officials to set up a hospitality management college with global standards. He also said that the money invested on AP TDC properties shouldn’t be misused and all projects should be completed immediately.

Also, Jagan launched the AP tourism trade online trade registration portal on the occasion.

The minister for tourism, Avanstha Srinivasa Rao, principal chief secretary Rajat Bhargav, and others attended the meeting.

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