With about 8,000 delegates from 193 countries expected to attend the XI Conference of Parties (COP 11) and the Convention on Biological Diversity to be held in the city from October 1 to 19, the state government is all set to project Andhra Pradesh on the world tourism map.
Accordingly, the state tourism department has designed special package tours for delegates including daily evening and week-end visits to historical places and heritage sites in the city. This apart, tours to Warangal, Nagarjunasagar, Srisailam, Medak and Tirupati among other places will be organised in week-ends.
State tourism secretary, Chandana Khan, stated the government had released Rs 5 crore to the tourism department for the preparations. The department would be using 20 Volvo buses and seven four-wheelers manned by trained guides and uniformed drivers to provide customised sight seeing tours every day.
The department has also trained 300 volunteers to be deployed at tourist spots, hotels, airport and also to accompany the tourists in special coaches. While the tariff rates for city tours ranges from Rs 800 to Rs 1,500, the outstation trips would cost between Rs 3,000 and Rs 6,000.
Illuminated boards and hoardings would be erected at vantage positions in the city. The Nizam Trust will be illuminating its heritage properties like Chowh Mahalla Place and keep them open till 9.30 pm.
Sculpture Park at Shilparamam, to be inaugurated on Friday, is expected to be the special attraction for the delegates. Select tourism sites and archaeological monuments are being spruced up to showcase the tourism face of the state.