Worried over decline in the arrival of foreign tourist to the capital since the last couple of years, Andhra Pradesh Tourism, for the first time, is organising a travel mart involving tourist operators from Europe and other places at Paryatak Bhavan from February 21 to 23.
Decline in numbers
Though Andhra Pradesh Tourism continues to be top in the domestic sector thanks to the Lord of Seven Hills in Tirupati, foreign tourist arrivals have declined considerably during the last few years.
While over 3.22 lakh foreign tourists arrived in the capital in 2010, the number dropped to 2.92 lakh in 2012.
The revenue from foreign tourist arrivals is about Rs. 2 crore per month and this too slipped by 15 to 20 per cent, said a senior official of A.P. Tourism.
Among other factors, the political developments in the State and related agitations were seen as affecting the prospects of the city in attracting foreign tourists.
In a bid to revive the city’s image, the travel mart has been planned to showcase the history, cuisine, handicrafts, culture and other significant aspects of the capital, he said.
Over 70 travel operators from Europe, Singapore, Malaysia and other places would be participating in the event.
This would be an ideal platform for local travel operators, resorts and hotel managements to enter into tie-ups and improve their business. Emphasis would be on operating local sight-seeing tour packages and offering customised services for foreign tourists, he added.