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Odisha Tourism Policy soon

Bhubaneswar, Sep 27: Reaffirming Odisha’s commitment to making tourist facilities and services, responsible, sustainable and accessible to all, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on the occasion of World Tourism Day on Tuesday said the Government would soon announce a new Tourism Policy.

“My Government is soon going to announce the new Tourism Policy for focused infrastructure development, upgrading services, promoting tourism with optimum emphasis on conserving heritage and natural resources. In line with the theme of World Tourism Day this year, I reaffirm our commitment to making our tourist facilities and services, responsible, sustainable and accessible to all,” Patnaik posted in his Facebook page.

He also invited all to visit Odisha, the land of unmatched beauty, unique bio-diversity and rich cultural heritage.

“Odisha has not only been blessed with nature’s best-from the unbelievably scenic beaches along the 480 km coastline to the mountains of the Eastern Ghats tearing through the state, the valleys and plains to the rich wilderness and the riverine systems- but also with an unparalleled array of flora and fauna,” said Patnaik.

He said the ancient land boasts of a rich cultural heritage with its architecture, historical monuments, dance, music and art traditions having no equal in the world.

The Sun temple of Konark, Jagannath temple at Puri, Buddhist heritage sites of Ratnagiri, Lalitgiri, Udayagiri, archaeological sites like Barabati fort, etc. continue to captivate the world with their grandiose architectural marvels, he added.

Claiming that tourism is a top priority of his Government as it is a prime engine of economic growth, employment generation and development, Patnaik said we have made it our mission to develop Odisha as a preferred tourism destination both in domestic and international circuit.

“We are making concerted efforts to for attracting more footfalls. Everyone should enjoy Odisha without any obstacle,” Patnaik posted.

Odisha is an ecological treasure-house. From Chilika, the largest brackish water lake of Asia, to Similipal Tiger Reserve, Bhitarkanika mangroves to Gahirmatha, Rushikulya and Devi river mouths providing spectacular nesting sites to the endangered Olive Ridley turtles, the unique biodiversity of the State can be found nowhere in the world, added Patnaik.

Each and every part of Odisha has much to offer to any tourist, said Patnaik.

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