Mumbai, March 28, 2016
The sunrise state of Andhra Pradesh, blessed with unique temples, enriched with pristine beaches, stunning hill stations and scenic backwaters, continued to mesmerize millions of tourists across the globe by registering 1218.3 lakh tourist arrivals in 2015.
Domestic footfalls to the state increased to 1218.3 lakh in 2015 as against 933 lakh in 2014, thereby registering 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 1.37 lakh foreigners.
Among international tourist arrivals, 2.37 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.”Andhra Pradesh also witnessed large number of footfalls from business travelers owing to its strong focus on being an ideal investment destination and creating a conducive environment for doing business.