Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government has decided reopen all tourist destinations from October amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, after more than six months, a minister said on Sunday.
Tourism Minister JP Panigrahi said his department has prepared a master plan to promote various destinations in the state to attract tourists.
“We have decided to reopen all the tourist spots from October with strict adherence to health safety guidelines amid the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said after a programme organised to celebrate ‘World Tourism Day 2020’.
As of now, Panigrahi did not mention the date for reopening of tourist destinations.
Chief minister Naveen Patnaik urged people to visit the state and added that all precautionary measures have been taken for the health safety of travellers, amidst the coronavirus outbreak.
“I welcome you all to Odisha as we will open the state for tourism and look forward to offering you safe, pleasant and comfortable experience during your stay in Odisha — a destination that is serene, safe and secure to visit and explore,” Patnaik said.
The chief minister has launched ‘Odisha by Road’ campaign to encourage people to travel to various tourist destinations in the state by road.
He has also launched an initiative to open ‘Nimantran’ restaurants across the state to promote authentic Odia cuisine.
These eateries will be managed by the Odisha Tourism Development Corporation, an official said.
“Three restaurants will be opened in Bhubaneswar, Puri and Sambalpur in the initial phase of the programme and three Food-on-Wheel mobile vans will be deployed in Bhubaneswar and Puri,” he added.