Andhra Pradesh state Government is contemplating to form a Special Police Force for safety and security of tourists in the state. The proposal is in active consideration as part of the state New Tourism Policy. The matter was discussed at a high level review meeting held by Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu in Hyderabad last evening. The state has proposed to have special police stations for tourists besides a 24-hour call centre and a guidance centre for tourists. So far, Goa and Kerala are the only states in the country to have such arrangement for tourists.
The state is also exploring possibilities to introduce One Ticket for Multi-modal Transportation for Tourists. An official release said that the Chief Minister has directed the officials to treat tourism projects as industrial projects and all clearances may be sanctioned through a single desk in 21 days. According to state Tourism Secretary Neerab Kumar investments to tune of 10 thousand crore rupees are expected to come up in tourism sector in the next five years. The Tourism and Hospitality University has been asked to carry research on every thing relating to Tourism such as water sports, spiritual tourism, eco-tourism, heli-tourism and exploring other opportunities besides catering to the needs of hospitality sector and train people.