Bhubaneswar: Odisha Tourism Minister Jyoti Prakash Panigrahi on Sunday said that all the tourist spots in the state will be thrown open to the public in October.
The tourist spots have remained closed for more than 6 months due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We have already planned to open tourist spots in the state. Keeping in view the Covid-19 guidelines, we will take further decision,” said Panigrahi on the occasion of World Tourism Day.
World Tourism Day 2020 was celebrated by Department of Tourism in Bhubaneswar on Sunday.
On this occasion, a super bike rally consisting of 80 superbikes from 9 superbiker groups was flagged off by the Tourism Minister. The rally that began from Infocity Square covered 25 km to culminate at Dhauli Shanti Stupa.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik gave his message on the occasion.
He announced opening of tourism in the state and welcomed all to visit Odisha, as all kind of precautionary measures have been taken for safety & security of visitors.
In his message, he highlighted about the award winning initiative of ecotourism nature camps run successfully for five years by the communities and which is in line with this year’s World Tourism Day theme of “Rural Tourism”.
The Chief Minister also emphasized through his message on revival initiatives of the Government for Tourism in the State.
“Odisha by Road” campaign was launched on this occasion through Kalinga Rides – Superbike Rally.
This campaign aims to encourage tourists from within the state as well as from the neighboring states to travel to various tourist destinations in the State of Odisha through the excellent network of quality roads.
Visits to the eco-tour nature camps, OTDC properties, etc and spending nights at