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Three upcoming airports aim to boost tourism in Gujarat

 

MLA Shailesh Mehta, inquiring about the Prime Minister’s 2018 declaration regarding the development of multiple airports, has received confirmation that an airport will be constructed 12 kilometers from Kevadia. This decision stems from the popularity of the Statue of Unity (SoU), which has drawn in over 1 crore tourists since its inauguration.

Kevadia is not the sole destination poised for growth. Airports are in the planning stages for Ferkuwa and Surova in Tilakwada, as well as Siddhapur and Vadnagar. Pre-feasibility studies are currently underway in these locations, laying the groundwork for improved connectivity and increased tourism potential.

“This initiative is a direct outcome of the remarkable success of the Statue of Unity,” affirmed a tourism department official.

“Siddhapur and Vadnagar are also experiencing a surge in tourist arrivals, and the enhancement of air connectivity will undoubtedly catalyze tourism in all three locations.”

The surge in tourism is evidenced by witnessing 50 lakh visitors to the Statue of Unity in 2023. To meet this demand, the government has consistently expanded facilities and introduced new attractions. Passenger amenities, including transportation, have undergone upgrades, and the recent introduction of 30 electric buses aligns with the vision of creating a sustainable “dream area.”

“Transportation holds utmost importance for travelers,” said the official. “Taking this into consideration, the Prime Minister has directed the transformation of the Statue of Unity into an Electric Vehicle (EV) zone, thereby augmenting its appeal.”

The surge in tourist numbers has resulted in the registration of over 4 lakh visitors since December 2023. The causes for this upswing are varied, encompassing an expanded array of attractions suitable for all ages, enhanced transport facilities, and distinctive experiences such as traditional tribal homestays. The well-maintained campus and emphasis on local employment opportunities contribute to the overall positive tourism experience.

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