Odisha seeks Centre's support for tourism growth

The Odisha government sought the Centre's support in formulating a policy for growth of tourism that will enable cross-flow of tourists among eastern Indian states.

A strong plea for Centres support in working out a comprehensive tourism package was made by Odisha Tourism Minister Jyoti Prakash Panigrahi at the two-day National Tourism Conference, being organised in association with FICCI at the Eco Retreat tourism festival at Konark.

"It will be wonderful if tourists visiting Andhra Pradesh or West Bengal can have a look at our beautiful state and vice-versa. A comprehensive package must be formulated in this regard and therefore, the support of Central government is needed," Panigrahi said

The minister said the state government is planning a second round of tourism conference at Konark towards the end of this year where more participation of neighbouring states is expected.