The Andaman and Nicobar islands are closer to Southeast Asia than mainland India and has potential as India’s first line of engagement with the region. Plans are underway to make more uninhabited islands accessible for tourism.
The beautiful and sensitive Andaman & Nicobar Islands (ANI) have tied up with the Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) to promote leisure and beach tourism in the strategically-located islands.
Lt. Governor Ak Singh told an IATO meeting with 270 participants in Delhi on August 6 that heritage, culture, and natural landscape, along with MICE and other facilities, make ANI an ideal destination for international tourists. The fact that there are no government taxes on tour packages makes it all the more attractive, he said, adding that investment opportunities were great in the area.
Improved air connectivity and now shipping services from Kolkata and Chennai, as well as cruises, are good reasons to promote tourism. The Union Territory has culinary and seafood attractions, and tourism officials made a presentation to the travel trade, showing the many attractions and activities in the area.
The Andaman & Nicobar Islands are unlike any other place in India. The islands were shrouded in mystery for centuries because of their previous inaccessability. They are a paragon of beauty, presenting a scenic and picturesque landscape extravaganza, shimmering like emeralds in the clear blue waters of Bay of Bengal, east of the Indian mainland. It consists of 572 islands of which 36 are inhabited.