Tourism Promotion Event by AATO Evokes Encouraging Response

Port Blair, June 18: The 2nd Andaman Tourism Road Show-2024, organized at Port Blair, Swaraj Dweep and Shaheed Dweep from 13th June to 17th June 2024 had evoked encouraging response. The Chief Secretary, Andaman & Nicobar Administration, Shri. Keshav Chandra inaugurated the event at hotel Mansha Regency, Phoenix Bay on June 13, 2024. Organized by Andaman Association of Tour Operators (AATO), in association with Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India, about 50 prominent tour operators of Ministry of Tourism, IATO, TAAI, ATOAI, ADTOI and delegates from various parts of the country participated. Social media influencers, travel bloggers/ travel journalists also participated in the Andaman Tourism Road Show, supported by all tourism stakeholders of A&N Islands.

Addressing the delegates, the Chief Secretary extended a warm welcome to all the delegates who have arrived here to participate in the Andaman Tourism Road Show. He said, Andaman is quite a discovery and the recent development has given the Islands a major thrust in the tourism sector. Highlighting about the scope of tourism in the Islands, the Chief Secretary remarked that A&N Islands has much more in store in terms of diversity and activities in all its pristine glory. The Chief Secretary stated that A&N Islands is one of the prettiest places in the world having a Blue Flag Certification to one of its beaches. Five more beaches will soon be opened for tourists and the process for obtaining Blue Flag Certification for these beaches are in advanced stage and is being monitored on a weekly basis, he said.

The Chief Secretary also stated that Tourism and Fisheries are the two important sectors and efforts are being made to propel these sectors further. He informed that Cinque Island has been opened for tourists and urged them to visit the Island and enjoy the scenic beauty but keep the natural beauty intact at the same time. He also highlighted the initiatives of the Administration in giving further fillip to the tourism sector. He mentioned the scope of tourism which is being earnestly pursued by the Administration, so that people get to enjoy the uniqueness of the A&N Islands’ tourism viz. Natural Tourism, Night Kayaking, Luxury Tent, Caravan Tourism, Astro Tourism and Game Fishing. The Administration is also working towards making Heritage Circuit Tourism a reality soon, he added. The Chief Secretary remarked that the Administration with the support of the GoI is committed towards promoting the Islands’ tourism by showcasing its uniqueness to the world.

The President, AATO, Shri. M. Vinod in his welcome address expressed hope that this Road Show will enable delegates and tour operators from mainland to experience the Islands’ beauty which offers a unique experience altogether and help promote ‘Brand Andaman’. He said, the A&N Islands are a hub of adventure sports, unique flora and fauna, and virgin beaches are its unique selling points and urged the delegates to help promote Andaman Tourism as year round tourism destination. He expressed gratitude to the Administration and all tourism stakeholders for their support in organizing this road show which will further promote the Islands tourism across the country and globe.

The Chief Secretary also released the 20 years’ achievement book of AATO and launched the website of AATO on the occasion. He also went round the exhibits and interacted with the stakeholders. A video showcasing A&N Islands’ natural beauty and scope of tourism was also screened for the delegates.

During the four-day event, tour operators and delegates visited Swaraj Dweep, Shaheed Dweep and other prominent places of historical and tourism importance to know and understand the potential of tourism in Andaman.