Dr K Chiranjeevi, Minister of State with Independent Charge for Tourism, Government of India, has said that Hyderabad would host an international conference on tourism in April this year. Around 30 countries are expected to take part in the event aimed at building a global partnership to promote world tourism, he said, according to a report in The Times of India.
Dr Chiranjeevi said that Hyderabad would host the Conference of United Nation's World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), Regional Commission for South Asia, East Asia and Pacific countries, from April 11 to 14. "The UNWTO conference will be a good opportunity for the state to showcase its rich heritage and tourism facilities. It will open various opportunities for the development of tourism in AP (Andhra Pradesh)," Dr Chiranjeevi said.
The Minister said that the decision to hold the conference in the city was taken in London during his recent visit to the UK. While exuding confidence that the Conference of the UNWTO would further boost the brand image of Hyderabad, Chiranjeevi said the city had become the most preferred venue to host international conferences such as the CoP-11 convention and 2nd World Allergy Organisation (WAO) International Scientific Conference (WISC 2012),which were held recently.
Further, the Indian government is planning to set up a culinary institute with an objective to promote Indian cuisine at a global level. Dr Chiranjeevi added that his Ministry was planning to set up a culinary institute either at Tirupati or Hyderabad. "Cuisine and culinary trends formed part of the events during social and festive occasions at cultural gatherings across the country. Indian cuisine is unique in its varieties and many spices used in the preparation of Indian dishes have medicinal values. Hence, the proposed culinary institute will be used to promote Indian regional cuisine internationally," said Dr Chiranjeevi. Meanwhile, he asked the state government to allocate more funds for the development of the tourism sector in AP.