The Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, continued to mesmerize millions of tourists across the globe by registering 1.28 million tourist arrivals in 2015, a growth of 30%.
Shri Neerabh Kumar Prasad, I.A.S., Principal Secretary to Government, Tourism & Culture, said “In our endeavor to make Andhra Pradesh as India’s most preferred tourist destination, this data comes to us as a great encouragement. Under the leadership of our Hon’ble Chief Minister, Shri N. Chandrababu Naidu and with a focused strategy in place, we are hopeful of this growth momentum to be replicated year after year going forward. We will continue to invest and focus to develop tourism in Andhra Pradesh of global standard.”
Anantapur district which houses the famous Puttaparthi and Lord Veerbhadra temple at Lepakshi, became the most visited destination by foreign tourists with a footfall of 137,000 foreigners.
Among international tourist arrivals, 237,000 lakh tourists visited the state during the year 2015 as against 66,333 visited in 2014. Majority of the foreign tourists were from the South – East Asian countries such as Singapore, Malaysia and Middle East countries such as Dubai among others.
Dr. R.P. Khajuria, I.F.S., Commissioner, Department of Tourism said “Andhra Pradesh is one of the few states in India, which has such a rich diversity in terms of tourism and has the capacity to attract tourists across all age groups. The potential that lays ahead for the state is vast and these numbers are testimonials to the fact that increasing number of tourists both in India and abroad are realizing what the state can offer.”