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Odisha to organise roadshows in 10 countries to draw tourists

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

The government today announced roadshows in 10 countries as part of its efforts to attract more tourists to the state.

Over 1 lakh foreign tourists have visited the state in 2017, sources said.

"The state will organize road shows in 10 countries, including the USA, the UK, Japan, France, and These are the countries from where maximum tourists arrive in Odisha," state tourism said after attending a meeting here.

A P Padhi, who presided over the meeting, also announced the setting up of an facility at in Bhubaneswar, Sharma said.

As now has the facility for international flight operations, the tourist footfall has increased, the said.

The meeting also deliberated on ways to attract more investments in hotel industry, she said.

"The arrival of foreign tourist has gone up to 1 lakh, a growth of around 31 per cent from last year. Similarly, the arrival of domestic tourists has also increased by around nine per cent," Sharma said.

The Tourism Development Corporation (OTDC) has also produced seven promotional films on the state's prospects and they were widely appreciated at home and abroad, the said.

Around 30 ecotourism spots have been developed in the state, the said, adding that the has also lifted curbs on photography in tribal museums.

Around 37 tourism projects, involving private sector investments through a single window mechanism, have been approved by the in the last few years.

"Of these 37 projects, 12 have been cleared in 2017. The infrastructure for a tourist complex at in district has been laid and the project is now ready for allocation to private players," she added.

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First Published: Thu, February 15 2018. 21:15 IST