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Tourism Potentiality and Prosperity in Andhra Pradesh with Special Reference to Rayalaseema Region

KIMI Hospitality Research Journal

Volume 1 Issue 1

Published: 2016
Author(s) Name: V. Ramabrahmam | Author(s) Affiliation: Coordinator & Asst. Prof. Dept. of History & Archaeology Yogi Vemana Univ. Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh
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Abstract

Mans search for food and shelter and his curiosity for things around gave birth to travel. Travel led to tourism. Tourism is the activity of tourists and those who deal with them. Tourism is not a single industry, but an aggregate of many components. As a means of education and cultural exchange, tourism is an excellent instrument for the promotion of national integration and international understanding friendship and peace. There are two regions in the state namely Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema and hence, the two regions are more often referred as Seemandhra by the media. There are 13 districts with 9 in Coastal Andhra and 4 in Rayalaseema. Visakhapatnam is the largest city and a commercial hub of the state with a GDP of $26 billion followed by Vijayawada with a GDP of $3 billion. Guntur, Nellore, Kurnool, Kadapa, Tirupati, Rajahmundry, Kakinada, Ongole and Eluru are other important cities. In Consonance with the Government of Indias National Tourist Action Plan of May, 1992, the Government of Andhra Pradesh formulated the first ever tourism policy of the state. According to their, the tourist places in the state were divided into three zones. 1. Gateway (Tirupati Zone) 2. The Sunny South (Visakhapatnam Zone) 3. The Adventure Zone. Finally my paper attempts Tourist Potentiality and Prosperity in the study area Rayalaseema, Assessing the existing infrastructure facilities, Perceptions and opinions of Tourists: Problems & Prospects, Suggestions, etc.

Keywords: Tourism- Potentiality- Prosperity- Rayalaseema Region

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